According to the draft decision for the meeting of Ministers of foreign Affairs of the EU, the European Union will extend to nine months of punishment against Russia, introduced in March 2014 for the Crimea in the country, and prepare ways to strengthen them and extended the sanctions list.
data about this RIA "news" referring to Reuters. Ministers will instruct the Executive bodies of the EU during the week to prepare extended sanctions list of Russian citizens and to initiate the preparation of "further measures" against Russia and other response actions in case of change in position. In the draft decision, it is Reported that the head of the foreign Ministry, the EU has taken note of the confirmation of responsibility of the Russian Federation for the fighting in the East of Ukraine. Following the meeting on Thursday they will be called upon to provide unimpeded access for observers and UAVs in controlled militia districts of the Russian-Ukrainian border. It is Also said that they will instruct the Commissioner of the EU for foreign Affairs to intensify efforts to counter the activities of Russia, aimed at distorting the information about what is happening, and will urge Kiev to accelerate reforms that are critical to the success of the project of European integration. First on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that the review of the reunification of the Crimea and Sevastopol With Russia will not, despite the unprecedented sanctions pressure. Before this it was declared that the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the EU agreed to extend by six months the effect of the punishment relative to Russia. First European diplomatic source said that the new package of restrictive measures with regard to Russia, which will discuss on Thursday the Council of the EU at the level of heads of foreign ministries May be an extension of the black lists. Similarly on Wednesday, foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said about the readiness of Helsinki in case you need to take a fresh punishment towards Russia, while noting that the country does not have a clear picture of what is happening. On Tuesday, the leaders of the countries of the European Union instructed the Ministers of foreign Affairs to take measures for the introduction of new restrictive measures concerning Russia. It was also noted that the heads of the foreign ministries of the countries of the European Union have the opportunity to ask the European Commission to prepare on Thursday fresh restrictive measures against Russia. However, the final decision will be made on 12 February. The head of the MFA of the 28 member countries of the European Union will gather at the extraordinary meeting of the Ukraine on Thursday. With a call to convene such a meeting was organized by presidency of the EU Latvia, due to the sharp escalation in the Donbass. While sources in the EU structures differed regarding whether during this meeting adopted decisions on the introduction of new penalties regarding Russia. Remember Also, in the Crimea on March 16, held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of participants were in favour of joining region in Russia. 21 March, the President of the Russian Federation centuries Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia, as Well as the decree on the formation of the Crimean Federal district.