Montenegro, Albania, Liechtenstein, Norway and Ukraine joined the EU Council decision on the extension of penalties against Russia in connection with events in the South-East of Ukraine, the materials on the Internet representative office of the EU Council.
"The candidate countries Montenegro, Albania and the countries members of the European free trade Association Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European economic area, and Ukraine join the Council's decision ", - the message quotes the RNS.
remember, fifteen September, the EU Council adopted conclusions on the extension of penalties against Russia To the fifteen of March 2017. First foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that without the progress in implementing the Minsk agreements penalties against Russia should be maintained. Before Steinmeier, explaining the idea of introducing against Russia, "the Syrian punishment," said that such events will not prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the Syrian Arab Republic, and only hinder the negotiations. Before that, in Berlin, confirmed that the initiative of Steinmeier on the gradual relief of penalties against Russia as implementation of the Minsk agreements remains relevant. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated about the fact that Moscow is not a party to the Minsk agreements and can only this or any other degree of influence on the conflicting parties. As noted from its part a press-the Secretary of President Dmitry Peskov, Russia plays the role of guarantor of the settlement of the Ukrainian fall, and not the party that performs the complex aimed at this action.