10 April 2019, 13:22

Sanctions against Russia remain in force until Moscow’s position changes – President of Finland

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Finnish President Sauli Niinistö believes that the sanctions imposed due to Russia’s actions in recent years will remain in effect until Moscow itself changes its position.

He made a corresponding statement at a plenary meeting at the V International Arctic Forum held in St. Petersburg, UNIAN reports.

It is very very clear to everybody, I’m sure, that sanctions were imposed because of the Russian behaviour. And if it is not taken away, sanctions will remain. That’s very simple indeed, – Niinistö explained.

At the same time, he stressed that his country would seek a dialogue with the Russian Federation during its presidency of the European Union.

“At the end, inspite of what has taken place in Ukraine, we are still, actually from Urals to Atlantic, we are Europe,” the President of Finland noted.

Earlier, it was reported that Austria considered the annexation of Crimea a violation of international law and did not plan to abandon anti-Russian sanctions. Foreign Minister of Austria Karin Kneissl made corresponding statement on the eve of her visit to Moscow with a delegation led by the President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen.

In February-March 2014, Russia occupied the Crimea and held a pseudo-referendum there. According to its falsified results, the Ukrainian peninsula was annexed by the Russian Federation. The world community does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia and is increasing sanctions against it.