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“This logic is wrong, to think that sanctions can force, in this instance, Russia, to change its policy,” he told Interfax by phone, commenting on the EU’s July 25 decision to extend the sanctions list against Russian individuals and companies.

“The EU continues moving down the sanctions track, but these rails are not leading anywhere and by no means are they a factor for helping the de-escalation in Ukraine. A solution can only be found politically, through dialogue, which, in my view, is obvious to everyone,” Chizhov said.

Concurrently, he called erroneous the view that what is now happening in Ukraine is the result of Russia’s actions.

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