The Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä, stated that negotiations on lifting the EU’s sanctions against Russia will be held only after the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as was reported by the Yle broadcasting company.
Sipilä was skeptical about the possible abolition of the EU sanctions against Russia and due to the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Finland, according to the Prime Minister, fully supports the common EU line in this regard.
"The EU is not ready to lift economic sanctions against Russia as this will happen only with the unanimous approval of the EU following the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Sipilä stressed.
The day before Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Finland where he and Sipilä discussed EU sanctions and other issues.