In his interview Martin Schulz said that the new sanctions against Russia were untimely because of the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Austrian news agency APA.
"At the moment, the sanctions are effective. There is no need to introduce the new ones," Martin Schulz said.
Schultz, who attended the international forum on the topic of rising anti-Semitism and extremism in the world on Tuesday in Prague stressed that peace can be achieved only via negotiations, not military confrontation.
"I doubt that thanks to the next sanctions it will be possible to reach completion of the crisis," Schultz said.
He added that in the conflict in Ukraine, the European Union must patiently insist on dialogue basing on the Minsk agreements.
At the same time, U.S. President and German Chancellor agree that Russia does not fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements. They expressed concern about the new increased fighting and subsequent support of separatists by Russia.
Barack Obama and Angela Merkel also stressed on the need to give financial assistance to Ukraine as soon as possible to stabilize the economic situation in the country.