The “big seven” will link the lifting of sanctions against Russia with the implementation of the Minsk agreements

"Большая семерка" свяжет снятие санкций с России с выполнением Минских соглашений

The heads of state of the “big seven” intend to subject the lifting of sanctions with Russia on the full implementation by Moscow of Minsk agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty. About it writes DW.

As it became known on Monday, 23 may, such a decision will be made at the next G7 meeting to be held in Japan on may 26-27.

The current validity of economic sanctions to expire at the end of July 2016.

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Last week from German and American diplomatic circles it became known that at the G7 summit will focus in particular on the extension of sanctions against Russia. The Japanese government thus sees Parallels between the behavior of the Russian Federation in relation to Ukraine and the actions of Beijing in two seas – the South China and East China. In this regard, in Tokyo in favor of a common position of the “big seven” in relation to both countries. It is expected that by the end of the G7 summit to oppose the construction of artificial Islands and military infrastructure in the South China sea, which could “break the current situation”.

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China claim the entire South China sea, vying for rich raw materials (primarily oil and gas) water area with the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. Beijing in the disputed region creates artificial Islands, and on them – the airfield, so as to reinforce its territorial claims. Japan is also leading the dispute with China on a number of uninhabited Islands in the East China sea, in recent years has increased criticism of Beijing.

We will remind, earlier the U.S. state Department assured that the impact of sanctions on Russia will only increase.