The European Union extended by six months economic sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS, 28 Jun — RIA Novosti. The European Union on Wednesday formally extended for six months economic sanctions against Russia, which expires on July 31, told RIA Novosti source in the EU.
“The decision was made”, — said the interlocutor of the Agency, who requested anonymity.
In Moscow regret that decision and note that restrictions are not able to solve any problem that confronts the European Union in terms of relations with Russia.
Is not just independent experts in the EU with figures showed that sanctions and our countermeasures primarily affects the economy of the EU countries. What happened the next extension of the sanctions is not to cause other feelings, like regret. Again, aggressive minority in the EU reigns.Alexey Markovsergey the Ministry of foreign Affairs
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk on June 22 reported that the heads of state and government of countries-members of EU at the summit took the political decision to extend existing economic sanctions against Moscow by six months “due to lack of implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Then was launched written procedure of formal confirmation of the decision not involving the conduct of meetings.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Crimea and Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. The EU summit in March 2015 linked the validity of economic sanctions with the full implementation “of the Minsk agreements”.
In response to the adopted measures by the West, Russia has restricted food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her: USA, EU States, Canada, Australia and Norway. Moscow has repeatedly stated that he considers absurd to link sanctions with the implementation of the Minsk agreement on Ukraine, as Russia is not a party to domestic conflict and the subject of the agreements on the settlement. Also Moscow has repeatedly said that talking to Russia in language of sanctions counterproductive.