Baku, June 9, AZERTAC
European Council President Donald Tusk said that although the group would prefer to have Russia present, its actions in Ukraine were counter to the G7's "community of values".
Donald Tusk, European Council President: "My intention is that today we reconfirm G7 unity on the sanctions policy. So let me state clearly given the current situation, if any one wants to start a discussion about changing the sanctions regime, it could only be about strengthening it."
EU economic sanctions on Russia, imposed over its invasion of Ukraine are due to expire in July. EU leaders agreed in March that the sanctions would stay until the Minsk ceasefire agreement is fully implemented, effectively extending them to the end of the year, but a formal decision has yet to be taken.