Source: the European Council is not able to prolong the punishment with respect to Russia
Maria Kniazeva. The summit of the heads of the countries of the European Union (the Council) may not take a final decision on prolongation of the economic penalties for Russia, told reporters a Source close to the leadership of the EU.
Economic sanctions by the EU against Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine is valid till the end of July this year.
"A formal decision on prolongation does not have the ability to be made today. A formal decision is always taken by the Council (of EU Ministers). The discussion that expects (the head of the European Council Donald) Tusk at the conference today - how to make the link between the full implementation of the Minsk agreement and punishment", he said.
The source did not explain the possibility of the recommendations from the European Council to extend the action of economic sanctions against Russia." as long as I don't have any details about how it would look in the conclusions of the summit) item on the sanctions, " he said.
However, he clarified that the issue of prolongation of punishments will be part of the discussion of the summit of heads of EU countries.
Western countries from March 2014 has repeatedly imposed sentences because of the position of Russia in Ukraine. The last case of the use of such practices were the limits imposed in March 2015, when was expanded US sanction List.
A list of Russian citizens and organizations that have come under penalties - in the material of the Fin news