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EU to Review Ukraine Ceasefire Tuesday, Possibly Provide Grounds to Lift Russia Sanctions

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The Permanent Representatives Committee of the European Union (Coreper) is expected to meet Tuesday to review the implementation of the ceasefire regime in Ukraine.

BRUSSELS, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – The Permanent Representatives Committee of the European Union (Coreper) is expected to meet Tuesday to review the implementation of the ceasefire regime in Ukraine.

On September 30, the committee is expected to review the implementation of the peace plan in Ukraine based on the assessment made by the European External Action Service (EEAS). Depending on the results of the review, the European Commission and the EEAS could propose to amend, suspend or lift sanctions imposed on Russia.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said earlier this month that the European Union has "always stressed the reversibility and scalability of our restrictive measures."

On September 25, the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations, comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union High Representative, said the economic sanctions against Russia could be lifted if the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine holds.

The European Union, alongside the United States, has introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, an allegation Moscow has denied. The latest batch of sanctions targeted Russian energy and defense companies.

On September 28, Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that ultimatums and threats from the West was an inefficient way of communicating with Russia, a country open to cooperation. Moscow also said that sanctions were a threat to international peace and stability and contradicted the principles of international law.

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