Peace deal "at gunpoint" will not end EU's Russian sanctions - Rutte

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte delivers a joint statement with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) before a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 9, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File Photo

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AMSTERDAM, March 30 (Reuters) - A peace deal between Russia and Ukraine will have to respect the territory and sovereignty of Ukraine in order to ease European sanctions against Moscow, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday.

"A peace agreement at gunpoint, with the loss of Ukrainian territory and sovereignty, is not the way to get back to normal. Nor will it automatically lead to easing our sanctions", Rutte said in a speech during a state visit to Spain.

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Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Alison Williams

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