Sweden says wrong time for lifting Russia sanctions – ambassador
Sweden does not advocate lifting of Russia sanctions at a present moment and believes Russia is responsible for the tragedy occurring in Ukraine now, Swedish Ambassador to Ukraine Andreas von Beckerath said during the meeting with head of Kharkiv regional state administration, Ihor Rainin, on Friday.
He said if Sweden had seen Russia' attempts to improve the situation, then probably there would have been another point of view, the administration's press service reported.
The ambassador said it is important for his country to know what really is going on, adding that there is no progress so far that could make favor sanctions' ease.
Beckerath reiterated Swedish government's statements that Russia was responsible for the tragedy emerged in Ukraine now, since it is impossible to find military weapons in the shops of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Rainin, for his part, said that the whole Europe was involved in the conflict in the east of Ukraine. "Certainly, we wish all political and diplomatic circles of Europe to realize that the conflict, which today emerged in the Ukraine's east ,isn't a conflict inside the country or Ukraine's conflict with Russia. This is a conflict of Europe. Europe is also involved somehow," he said during the meeting.
"It should be clearly understood that hardware in disposal of the terrorists in Donbas came from nowhere. It specifically supplied by the country that supports terrorism. The conflict itself is easily localized, just do not need to supply weapons and sponsor these activities. Nobody wants war today. And I wish the Swedish Embassy in Ukraine and the Swedish government to have a clear and tough position on this issue," Kharkiv region's governor said.