Western nations should not consider revoking tough economic sanctions against Russia, according to the deputy prime minister of Ukraine, who has told CNBC that the conflict in the eastern region of the country is escalating once again.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said that the numbers of Ukrainian soldiers wounded had risen in the last month and was concerned that the recent rollover of sanctions against Russia would be the last.
"This concerns us extremely to put it mildly," she said on the sidelines of the NATO meeting in Poland on Friday.
"We are also worried about the tone that is already existing these days that says 'oh, well but maybe this is the last time we roll over the sanctions'. I do hope that if Russia does not show any progress in fulfilling any commitments under the Minsk accord nothing of that type will be coming to the political leaders of the EU leaders," she added.
The EU approved another six months of sanctions against Russia in early June which Klympush-Tsintsadze said was a "mature, sober and responsible decision." She told CNBC that the Kremlin is looking for ways to return to a "business as usual" type of relationship with the EU.