BRUSSELS, 28 Jun – RIA Novosti. The European Council confirmed that the final documents of the summit on Thursday was not agreed because of the position of one of the countries.
Earlier Thursday, the source told reporters that Italy has temporarily blocked the adoption of the documents of the EU summit, insisting on priority of harmonization issues for migration.
“Today, in the afternoon, the European Council held an exchange of views with the speaker of the European Parliament and the NATO Secretary General and held discussions on issues of security and defense, the jobs, growth and competitiveness, innovation and digital technologies and other issues such as expansion, MH17 and the budget”, — said the press service.
“Since one of the members took their position on all findings at this stage no conclusions have been agreed”, — is spoken in the message.
It notes that “for this reason a press conference, the institutional representatives of the EU were cancelled and instead will be held tomorrow after the end of the Euro summit”.
The question of the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Thursday has not yet been discussed, it is planned to address later in the evening, said to RIA Novosti on Thursday, a source in the EU institutions.
“This issue has not been raised, planned the evening,” the source said, answering the question, and discussed whether the leaders question the extension of economic sanctions against Russia.
Earlier in the official agenda of the summit, it was reported that the leaders of France and Germany must inform the EU leaders on the progress of the Minsk agreements on the settlement in Ukraine. The decision to extend sanctions for six months was adopted by the EU on the basis of the assessment of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The EU imposed restrictive economic measures against Russia in the summer of 2014 on the background of the conflict in Ukraine and later expanded them. The leaders of the countries-EU members in March 2015 tied their action to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. In December, the Council of the European Union decided to extend economic sanctions against Russia until July 31, 2018.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict or subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement. Russia responded to European sanctions, has embarked on import substitution and repeatedly indicated that talking to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive.