WSJ: the EU is considering three options for sanctions against Russia

MOSCOW, 19 Nov. The European Union is about to extend anti-Russian sanctions adopted in connection with the crisis in Ukraine, examines three alternatives, including the extension of restrictive measures for 3-4 months, writes the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed European officials and diplomats.

“Officials say on the surface there are three options: renewal of sanctions for another six months, one year or for a shorter period of three to four months to show Moscow that the European bloc recognizes some concessions in connection with Ukraine”, — writes the edition.

As stated by the newspaper people familiar with the discussions on this issue in Brussels, “there is a General consensus that the economic pressure on Russia must continue until the plan for a peaceful settlement, the prisoner brokered in Minsk is not fully implemented”. The publication notes that the EU is close to extension of sanctions, “despite attempts to improve relations with Moscow after the Paris attacks”.

As expected, European leaders will discuss anti-Russian sanctions in mid-December of the current year. “Only if the matter is not resolved prior to that time, as it was in June”, — the newspaper writes.

Earlier, the German newspaper Handelsblatt, citing sources in the EU said that the European Union in December intention to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months. According to the publication, this measure is allegedly needed to accelerate the peace process in Eastern Ukraine.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in 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. In response, Russia has restricted food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her. In June 2015, in response to extension of sanctions, Russia has extended food embargo until 5 August 2016.

Moscow has repeatedly said that completely uninvolved in the events in the South-East of Ukraine, does not supply the militia military equipment and ammunition, not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.