The head of the international Department of the state Duma Alexey Pushkov has hopes that 2016 will be the last year of anti-Russian sanctions from the EU, but drew attention to the negative attitude of some countries to this perspective.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. 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. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have imposed against her punishment: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.
"punishment, in my opinion, now turn to the residual phenomenon of those 2 years of confrontation, which emerged with the EU because of the Ukrainian fall ", - said Pushkov in live TV channel, " If earlier the issue of Ukraine was? 1, and that the penalties were the main tool to work with Russia, in this case, negative work with Russia, now they argue about the fact that Ukraine departs on the second, third plan, the main priority - the fight against ISIS, it is the interaction, and punishment as if remain due to the fact that it is not made by the Minsk agreement ", - he explained.
according to his statement, there was a discussion about the removal of personal punishment, beginning with parliamentarians." in Brussels, all of my interviewees realized I needed to broaden the dialogue between parliamentarians