Austrian Chancellor reminded Kyiv on obligations to resolve the conflict in the Donbas

Канцлер Австрии напомнил Киеву об обязательствах по решению конфликта на Донбассе

Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz believes that the Ukrainian government also has obligations to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.

“Kiev should also have a real interest in progress,” said Kurz in an interview with German newspaper Rheinische Post, reports DW.

According to Kurtz, the first step to solving conflict should be a “cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine.”

In case of progress in the Donbass, said the Austrian Chancellor, will be considered a phased lifting of sanctions against Russia.

Recall that sanctions against the Russian Federation was introduced in July 2014 after the annexation by Russia of the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea.

March 19, 2015 the Council of the EU has linked the duration of the sanctions with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. The last time these restrictive measures was extended by 5 July 2018 to 31 January 2019. At the December summit, the leaders of countries-EU members agreed to extend the restrictive measures against Russia by six months until the end of July 2019.