Proposals for the heads of EU countries on prolongation of anti-Russian economic sanctions have the opportunity to start preparing in the next two weeks at the level of the Council of permanent representatives of EU member States At the Union (Coreper), said two sources close to the EU leadership.
"This (renewal of sanctions) will be discussed at the Coreper level," said a source in one of the delegations of EU member States, reports RIA " Novosti ". At the moment, according to his statement, the draft document on economic sanctions concerning the Russian Federation in the European Union is not Yet prepared." maybe He will arise in the near future ", - has declared the head of Department. He confirmed that EU Leaders at the conference on 17-18 December, will consider the Final decision on economic sanctions against Russia.
According to other source, Coreper will start to work next week on a draft final communiqu? of the December summit, where, most likely, will be prescribed And the decision on sanctions. This coming week it is supposed to work on "directions" summit." This is not the text (of the draft decisions of the summit), It is a bit of information about How text would look, what questions will be referred to in it ", - has declared a source. Yet a week Later will be "1st draft conclusions" of the summit, He said. Then the Leaders at the conference have the opportunity to make a political opinion on the prolongation of penalties And to instruct the services of the EU to finish the legal work on the issue. Then will be created the necessary legal text to extend the restrictive measures." The summit will discuss the political decision. As soon as the Leaders come to a political solution, work will begin on preparation (legal prolongation of sanctions) the preparation of the text for the extension is very simple – we only need to change the date ", – said another source close to the leadership of the EU. Both sources stated that the alleged extension of the punishment – for six months, because often it is at this period extended the EU restrictive measures." We think, Yes (the extension will be for six months), but It's until not defined. Leaders are able to solve (extend action) And at four months And eight months. But often seen six months ", - has said. The final EU decision to extend economic sanctions should wait until 31 January 2016 when expires period of validity of restrictive measures, said the source. On 22 June, the EU Council formally extended the penalties against Russia for Another six months, until 31 January 2016. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called the extension of the EU sanctions against Russia unjustified And illegal. And, according to his statement, Russia will proceed from the principle of reciprocity. The Russian President Vladimir Putin said the signing of the decree on the extension of protective measures from 6 August 2015, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia issued a decree on the extension of the countermeasures relative to the countries that supported anti-Russian punishment. The EU is obliged to consider the question of waiver or extension of anti-Russian sanctions in January 2016. At the same time Moscow has stated many times that not privy to the events in the South-East of Ukraine, not a party to domestic conflict And is interested in Ukraine overcame political And economic crisis.