The European Union intends to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months despite signs of a softening of attitudes in some countries of the bloc, wrote in Thursday’s Financial Times, citing sources in Brussels.
Diplomats feared that the issue of extending sanctions against Russia could cause in the next two weeks, a fierce debate between such countries as Hungary, Greece or Italy who would like a review of the constraints, and a more militant Poland and the Baltic States, insisting on the extension of restrictive measures against Moscow.
However, the FT sources in Brussels say that the most “peaceful” EU countries decided to defer consideration of their claims on the revision of the sanctions before the summit in December of this year.
The decision to extend European sanctions against Russia could be taken in the next two weeks.
That the EU agreed to extend imposed sanctions against Russia for another six months, wrote Bloomberg on 20 may, citing six unnamed officials of the EU, including from countries that are “less likely to support sanctions”. They said that representatives of all 28 EU member States agreed that restrictions should be followed after the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Bloomberg then noted that the extension of the sanctions, scheduled for June, will postpone the decision about a possible weakening them until December, when the United States changes presidential administration. A senior French official emphasized that the sanctions in the short term there is no reason.
At the same time, Italian diplomats and diplomats of other countries, without enthusiasm related to the sanctions, told the newspaper that they are still looking for opportunities for easing measures.