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British Foreign Secretary announces new sanctions against Russia

Sanctions against Moscow will not be canceled until the Minsk agreement is observed in full. Excluding Russia from the interbank SWIFT system is still considered an extreme measure.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that the EU would prepare new sanctions against Moscow because of Russia's participation in the Ukrainian conflict.

"The EU will stick to a single point of view regarding the sanctions. They should be in force as long as the Minsk agreement is not observed in full," said Hammond at a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Shetina. The British diplomat is quoted by Reuters on Friday, March 6.

Shetina, in his turn, said that the new "level" of sanctions would start if the Ukrainian city Mariupol (Donetsk region) was attacked, in particular. Shetina believes that excluding Russia from the interbank SWIFT system is an extreme measure, which, in his opinion, may have negative consequences for both sides.

Earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron has warned of the possible introduction of sanctions against Russia "at a whole different level." He believes that Russia can not violate international standards adopted in the XXI century, and destabilize the situation in another independent country. According to Cameron, Russia does not have the right to do so, "while still having access to international markets and financial systems."