The European Union did not take a fresh branch penalties with regard to Russia in January for the position of Greece, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Kotzias.
"by agreement with our partners and in our proposal the European Union on January 29, 2015 decided not to take the branch penalties, which included the structure of the European Union. Today We do not stop to avoid branch penalties. Other forms of punishment were taken before We came to power, " he said. Cotzias said that punishment, in the opinion of the Greek side, are not an effective tool, RIA " Novosti." We must remember the experience of Greece, which has imposed sanctions against the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and they led to the fact that benefitted only certain oligarchs, who organized the smuggling of raw items, "said he, adding that the most inefficient punishment, which" caused by anger or desire to subdue the opponent." Remember, fresh Greek authorities, representing the radical left party SYRIZA, have close contacts with Russia and oppose the strengthening of penalties relative to the capital of Russia. Thus, according to the results of the meeting of January 29, Greece has made exceptions to the communiqu? paragraph on the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, as well as statements on the occasion of the Moscow responsibility for the conflict in Ukraine.