Moscow hopes that the European Union will prevail pragmatic and sensible approaches to build relations with Russia, according to the explanation of the Department of information and press of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
on Wednesday, the Committee of permanent Plenipotentiaries of the member countries of the EU decided to extend for six months - until March 2016 - action penalties against individual citizens and legal entities from Russia and Ukraine, which the European Union considers guilty of undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. This decision still has to be approved by the EU Council in a few days.
the foreign Ministry declared that, " as long as, unfortunately, there is a situation when the issue of extension of sanctions against Russian citizens and organizations dominated by aggressive personal position Russophobic minorities in the leadership of the European Union and its member countries ".
"This ignores the arguments of private economists and political scientists about the ineffectiveness of restrictive measures against Russia, and also about the damage caused to the economy of the EU in connection with the introduction of these illegal from the standpoint of international law penalties ", - reported in the explanations.
in Moscow hope that "gradually in the EU will prevail pragmatic and sensible approaches to building new political relationships with Russia, based on mutually beneficial economic partnership," adds Mead.
"there is another aspect - the complete artificiality of the reasons why anti-Russian punishment was introduced and is now being extended. Only in Washington and Brussels believe they invented the mantra that the Russian Federation does not fulfill the Minsk agreement. If someone does not fulfill their is Kiev, which enjoys undisputed patronage of the West, " reads the explanation.
The list of Russian citizens and organizations who have fallen under the punishment - in the material of the Fins news