Slutsky called dead-end the EU decision to extend sanctions against Russia


RIA Novosti

The EU, once again extending the anti-Russian sanctions, goes to the far West and thus driving themselves into a dead end, stated the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky. His words are in the press release sent to the editors”.ru”.

Slutsky noted that over the three years of sanctions confrontation “the loss of Europe have become almost more of the losses of Russia”. He cited the statements of President Vladimir Putin during a “Straight line” June 15, called the sanctions a “double-edged weapon”. According to Putin, the UN believes that Russia has lost “somewhere 50-52 billion dollars, and those countries that imposed sanctions, lost 100 billion dollars.”

The wording of the President of the European Council Donald Tusk “the lack of implementation of the Minsk agreements,” Slutsky was absurd, and noted that it “causes bewilderment”.

“Russia is tired to repeat that is not party to the Minsk agreement, neither the Ukrainian conflict. However, the EU continues to ignore the true state of things and prefers not to respond to blatant sabotage by Kiev the implementation of Minsk-2. The notorious double standards and again to the detriment of themselves,” — said the MP.

Thursday, June 22, Tusk said that the leaders of the member countries of the European Union agreed on the decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia. The motive was that it “is sufficiently complied with the Minsk agreement”, said the President of the European Council.

According to sources, the final decision on the extension of economic restrictive measures can be taken before the end of June.

On 19 June, EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini said that the economic sanctions against Russia will likely be extended. On the same day the foreign Ministers of member States of the EU without discussion extended sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol for one year.