President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said that the European Union and the United States will continue their common sanctions policy toward Russia.
”My impression of that when it comes to conflict in Ukraine we were more or less on the same line with President Trump and Secretary Tillerson. Of course, maybe I`m less optimistic when it comes to President Putin`s plans and intentions, maybe less sentimental,” Tusk said at a joint press briefing with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, on May 26, 2017.
”But anyway, my reflection is that on Ukraine we can find a common position with the United States. And as for now, I think that it`s a realistic assessment that we can continue our common policy towards Russia, including sanctions and Minsk agreements,” he added.
Donald Tusk also said that Russia did nothing that would justify a change in sanctions policy toward it.
”Since our last G7 in Japan we haven`t seen anything that would justify a change in our sanctions policy towards Russia,” Tusk said at a joint press briefing. ”Therefore, I will appeal to the other G7 leaders to reconfirm this policy.”