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Mogherini convinced that sanctions against Russia worked out

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini convinced that the sanctions imposed by the West against Russia are effective.

Mogherini convinced that sanctions against Russia worked out

She stated this on Tuesday during the 4th Berlin International Policy Forum in Berlin, reports UKRINFORM correspondent in Germany.

"Sanctions have worked out: the Russian economy has been affected – very seriously, in fact. That's why the sanctions are necessary. It is our only instrument to exert pressure on Russia," she said.

At the same time, the diplomat says that the sanctions do not end in itself, the EU must develop a "political strategy" to resolve the conflict in Ukraine in parallel with the restrictive measures against Russia. "Therefore, it is important that we continue to insist on the full embodiment of the Minsk Protocol," she said. According to her, the EU shares a common view that the conflict in the east of Ukraine can not be solved by military means.

Mogherini also laid stress on the importance of the EU's support of Ukraine, including the reforms and rapprochement with the EU. "Political and economic reforms, gas problems resolution are crucial for the survival and success of Ukraine," she said. The European official added, "If Ukraine, as a state, "fails" in the current transition period, for the EU it will be "the worst failure that can be imagined".