The European Union is close to the extension of the punishment is relatively capital of Russia And is considering 3 possible options, And the extension of restrictive measures for three to four months, writes the wall Street Journal referring to European bureaucrats And diplomats.
"Officials claim that on the surface are 3 options: extend the sanctions for another six months, one year or for a shorter period of three to four months to demonstrate to Moscow that the European bloc recognizes certain concessions in connection with Ukraine," the newspaper writes, RIA " Novosti ".
As told the newspaper, sources familiar with the discussion in Brussels, " there is General agreement on the question of economic pressure on the Russian Federation is obliged to be continued until then, as long as the plan for a peaceful settlement, concluded With the mediation of Minsk, will not be fully implemented ". The magazine stresses that the EU is close to extend the punishment, " despite attempts to improve relations with Moscow after the Paris attacks ". As expected, European leaders will discuss anti-Russian punishment in mid-December of the current year." Only if the issue will not be resolved until that time, As it was in June, " writes the print Edition. First German print Edition Handelsblatt referring to sources in the EU said that the European Union States at the beginning of winter wishes to extend penalties against Russia for another six months. According to the publication, this measure, As if it needed to accelerate the peace process in Eastern Ukraine. The head of Ministry of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev said that in the case of extension of sanctions by Brussels against Russia for another six months the introduction of new response relative to the EU member States is unlikely to be appropriate. On 22 June, the EU Council formally extended the penalties against Russia for another six months, until 31 January 2016. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called the extension of the EU sanctions against Russia unjustified And illegal. And, according to his statement, Russia will proceed from the principle of reciprocity. The Russian President Vladimir Putin said the signing of the decree on the extension of protective measures from 6 August 2015, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia issued a decree on the extension of the countermeasures relative to the countries that supported anti-Russian punishment. The EU is obliged to consider the question of waiver or extension of anti-Russian sanctions in January 2016.