Russia will not ask EU for sanctions relief over coronavirus: TASS cites foreign minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is seen after a joint news conference with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto in the House of the Estates in Helsinki
FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is seen after a joint news conference with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto in the House of the Estates in Helsinki, Finland March 3, 2020. Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via REUTERS

April 14, 2020

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is not intending to ask the European Union to lift sanctions due to the coronavirus outbreak, the TASS news agency cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Tuesday.

The EU imposed sanctions on Russia’s banking, financial and energy sectors over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov, Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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