Vladimir Dobrovolsky. The European Union has not yet started to formally discuss the renewal of economic sanctions against Russia, this issue will be addressed at the beginning of winter, said Last news European official.
first journal Handelsblatt citing high-ranking sources in the EU and the German government, the European Union countries in the early winter have an option to extend economic sanctions on Russia for six months. According to the publication, the Decision can be taken at the next formal EU summit scheduled for 17-18 December.
"Possible statements by officials, but nothing definite, no procedures on this subject I have not seen ", - said the head of the Department, who wished to remain anonymous.
according to his statement, until now only discussed the policy regarding the Eastern partners of the EU, as this will be one of the topics of the meeting of the foreign Ministers of the EU countries the following Monday." The implementation of the Minsk agreements is expected to discuss only in the beginning of winter. At the Council meeting (foreign Affairs) on the first day of the week the discussion of sanctions against Russia is not planned, " - said the European official.
He also said that often decisions on sanctions against Russia adopted at the level of heads of States and governments." The European Council takes decisions, and then begins the preparation of normative acts ", - said the head of the Department, noting that the time is still the same, as the economic punishment against Russia will expire at the end of January 2016.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the US from point penalties against certain individuals and organizations have moved to the measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy, such as military industry and high technology.
the foreign Minister of the EU countries on 22 June, have extended the economic sanctions against Russia until 31 January 2016, approving appropriate amendments to the EU sectoral restrictive measures concerning Russia. The decision came into force on 23 June.