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Ukraine president sees risk of Russia sanctions softening

Ukraine president sees risk of Russia sanctions softening
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko delivers his annual address to parliament in Kiev, Ukraine September 20, 2018. Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS -
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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that there was a risk of international sanctions on Russia being softened.

Addressing parliament, he said making concessions to the Kremlin before Russia had handed the Crimea region back to Ukraine would be a defeat for international law.

"We will consistently oppose attempts to ease the sanctions pressure on Russia," he said. "But know that there is a risk of softening (sanctions)."

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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