In the European Union was split on penalties with regard to Russia, due to the fact that most of the Ministers of foreign Affairs of the EU demonstrate poor appetite on the issue of increasing pressure on Moscow.
many Ministers had pinned their hopes on the last Minsk agreement and stated that the European Union States should consider increasing penalties only if the ceasefire will be seriously impaired. Currently, the Majority of European Ministers, and among them the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, see " encouraging signals in the East of Ukraine." At this point in time we don't need no fresh punishment, nor any of their automatic renewal, "said Gentiloni, RIA "news" referring to Reuters. Agreed with him and the Austrian foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz." There is a glimmer of hope since the signing of the Minsk agreement <