Bulgaria sees sanctions on Russia as a tool to change Moscow’s policies, Mitov tells German FM

Bulgaria sees sanctions against Russia as an effective tool to change the policies of Moscow, not as a punishment of Russia as a country, Bulgarian Foreign Minister said in Berlin in talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on April 13.

Mitov told Steinmeier that Bulgaria is relying on the Normandy Format to give impetus to a settlement of the crisis in eastern Ukraine and for the extended deadline for full implementation of the Minsk agreements, in 2016, to be implemented.

The Normandy Format is a diplomatic groups of senior representatives of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine.

An EU member, Bulgaria has backed sanctions against Russia over that country’s actions in Ukraine, though it has been among those directly affected by Moscow’s counter-sanctions against the EU.

Mitov and Steinmeier discussed a range of topics, according to a Bulgarian Foreign Ministry statement, including bilateral relations, the migration crisis, EU-Turkey relations, energy issues, the situation in Ukraine, the crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, the fight against Daesh, and the current situation in the Western Balkans.

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