15:31 07.02.2017

EP security subcommittee calls on Russia to observe Minsk agreements

EP security subcommittee calls on Russia to observe Minsk agreements

Members of the European Parliament's Security and Defense Subcommittee discussed on Monday the deteriorating security situation in Ukraine's east, the press service of the EU Delegation in Kyiv reported.

"MEPs urged Russia to stop testing the West's reactions and to implement the Minsk agreements," the subcommittee said in a statement.

Security and defense MEPs expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine. "A majority were convinced that Russia is 'testing the ground' against the backdrop of new US administration and called on Russia to implement the Minsk agreements. MEPs also reiterated that EU sanctions are linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements and should therefore be maintained," the statement reads.

Some MEPs called on the EU to be more proactive and to start discussing the possibility of deploying an EU Common Security and Defense Policy mission as well as delivering on its promises to grant Ukrainian citizens visa-free access without further delays, since Ukraine has met all of visa liberalization benchmarks.

"A majority of Security and Defense Committee MEPs also backed a call to debate the situation in eastern Ukraine at Parliament’s next plenary session in Strasbourg and to vote a resolution," the statement says.

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