On the agenda of the European Union is the question of the search for consensus, but not on the extension of sanctions against Russia, said a source in the permanent representation to the EU in Brussels, one of the Western European States.
"now the question is not about the extension of sentences, and the search for consensus, is necessary in order to extend the economic sanctions of the EU towards Russia at least until the end of the year ", - said the diplomat news Agency.
"The escalation of tensions in the Donbass will enable faster to find consensus on the extension of sanctions at the upcoming summit," he added. Answering the question about how the European Union can test, who is responsible for the growing tension in Eastern Ukraine where both sides of the conflict blame each other in armed provocations, the diplomat said: "in the acting OSCE observation mission, but they have enough people to see the full picture. In the process of military conflict generally very difficult to establish who and where first started shooting, however, any intensification of the conflict will strengthen the position of the supporters of extending the punishment at the upcoming summit." Assessing Russia's role in this conflict differ, but no one can deny that the Russian Federation has a moral responsibility for the actions of the separatists and have a serious impact ", - noted the diplomat. Answering the question whether the European Union to the Russian Federation is a priori guilty of any tensions in Eastern Ukraine, he replied: "of course not, but we believe that the Russian Federation should make greater efforts to end the conflict." Speaking on the responsibility of Kiev shelling of Donbass, the diplomat has noticed that " the withdrawal of heavy artillery in position where its military use is one of the key elements of the Minsk agreements, and We demand its execution by all parties ". In addition, he didn't want to explain the supply of Ukrainian media artillery bombing of Donbass as "samostrily" from the militia." I'm not a military expert, it's hard for me to explain the details of the military confrontation in Ukraine, " he said. First it was claimed that the head of the USA Barack Obama will negotiate with EU leaders about the expansion of the punishment relative to Russia in the negotiations on the sidelines of the summit of heads of States and governments of the group of seven in Germanyaustria Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The EU and the US on the background reached in Minsk agreements between Kiev and militias Donbass about stopping the fire entered against Russia punishment, against the financial, oil and defense industries.