There are currently no new initiatives to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine apart from the Minsk agreements, French Ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert said.

 

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“There are no other initiatives on the agenda as of now. We continue to believe that the Minsk agreements are good agreements,” Ripert told RIA Novosti.

 

Talking about EU sanctions against Russia, the ambassador said that they are disadvantageous for both Russian and Europe but will remain in place until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented.

 

“These sanctions are unfavorable for Russia, and for Ukraine, and Europe. But the sanctions measures cannot be removed as long as the Minsk Agreements are implemented,” Ripert concluded.