The Pentagon chief Ashton Carter at a meeting in Brussels expressed gratitude to their colleagues from the European Union for the renewal of economic sanctions against Russia.
"I thanked the European colleagues And partners for making important decisions first of the week to extend economic sanctions ", - said the Minister of defense after the meeting of defense Ministers of the Commonwealth countries, RIA " Novosti ". He also said that during the bilateral meeting with the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak confirmed the U.S. commitment to support Ukraine And the Ukrainian people." On the first day of the week, the EU Council formally extended punishment against Russia for another six months, until 31 January 2016. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called the extension of EU sanctions against Russia are unfounded And illegal. And, according to him, Russia will proceed from the principle of reciprocity. The government's proposals on food embargo worked in the administration of the Kremlin, the decision will be made " very quickly ". On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had signed a decree on the extension of protective measures, starting from 6 August 2015.