The Ministers of foreign Affairs of the EU countries at the meeting in Riga discussed the topic of punishment relative to the capital of Russia and were divided in their opinion about the need for its extension, said German foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the completion of the informal meeting of Ministers.
"during today's meeting topic sentences received different assessment. I heard that the Greeks now advocate that in any case was not introduced fresh punishment. But this is not a post on what to do with existing (sanctions), "said Steinmeier, RIA" Novosti ". The diplomat also noted German position. According to him, the future of the European punishments towards Russia will be associated with the execution of the Minsk agreements. As long as, said Steinmeier, to talk about the renewal of the sanctions prematurely. At the same time, the high Commissioner of the EU in international relations Federica Mogherini said that the EU is not to engage in confrontation or inside of the continent or beyond." The European Union today are extremely realistic about the development of events in Russia, But We never find out in the trap, and we will not draw power in the confrontation. We still believe that not only in our continent, But around him and cooperation is better than confrontation, " said Mogherini. First of Stockholm called for the extension of the punishment relative to the capital of Russia until the end of the year. However, Italy does not support the idea of automatic renewal of existing penalties regarding Russia. Meanwhile, Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius said that the decision about automatic renewal of sanctions against Russia Until is not on the agenda. From his part, Minister of foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn said that the adopted by the European Union on Russia limits will continue to operate, But have the ability to be relaxed in case of positive developments in Ukraine. Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The EU and the US on the background of the progress of the Minsk agreements Between Kiev and militias Donbass about stopping the fire entered against Russia penalties against financial, oil and defense industries. In response, Russia has restricted the import of food items from countries that have introduced in relation to punishment, and among them from the EU.