The Future of the Minsk Agreements: Press for Implementation and Support Sanctions

The Future of the Minsk Agreements: Press for Implementation and Support Sanctions

Date: March 14, 2016

Author(s):  Stewart Susan

Language: English

Work type: Policy brief

Publisher/institution: German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Abstract:

The Minsk agreements are currently the principal instrument for achieving a lasting settlement in the occupied regions of eastern Ukraine. Moscow and Kyiv, however, are showing little enthusiasm for implementing the associated package of measures. Unless this changes by the summer, the European Union would be ill-advised to lift or relax its economic sanctions against Russia. As well as harming the Union’s political credibility, such a step would encourage Russia both to expand its influence in the post-Soviet space and to continue its attempts at dividing the EU.