The European Union may cancel penalties against Russia by 2017, said the head of the international Department of the state Duma Alexei Pushkov.
"punishment, in my opinion, now turn to the residual phenomenon of those 2 years of confrontation, which emerged with the EU because of the Ukrainian fall ", - quotes its words of RIA "news" referring to TV channel " Russia 24 ".
"If earlier the issue of Ukraine was No. 1, and that the penalties were the main tool to work with Russia, in this case negative work with Russia, now they argue about the fact that Ukraine departs on the second, third plan, the main priority - the fight against ISIS, it is the interaction, and punishment as if remain due to the fact that it is not made by the Minsk agreement ", - He explained. According to his statement, there was a discussion about the removal of personal punishment, beginning with parliamentarians." in Brussels, all of my interviewees realized I needed to broaden the dialogue between parliamentarians…, only talking to the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Executive power, head of countries and it is rare, " revealed the gun. He believes that in this situation " need to expand and need to get back to dialogue between parliamentarians "." Following my sense is that 2016 has the potential to become the final year of punishment ", - said the head of the international Department of the state Duma. According to his statement, some countries will oppose the withdrawal of Russia from punishment." Here, not so long ago, Lithuania and Sweden revealed that they long continued punishment, I believe that two other Baltic States, maybe Poland will insist on this, I do not exclude that the UK, but it seems to me that currently in the EU gradually starts to create critical mass for quicker removal of the punishment, not to be renewed for an indefinite period of time, " he finished Pushkov. On Thursday, Prime Minister Medvedev D. A. said that the Russian Federation does not ask and would not ask the Western countries to cancel the punishment is relatively capital of Russia. Before the media reported that the Confederation of States 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.