Moscow. November 22. To extend for six months sanctions against Russia agreed to the United States and the leaders of several Western European countries, reported Internet portal Channеl NewsAsia with reference to diplomatic sources.
According to media reports, an informal agreement was reached on the sidelines of the held in Antalya, Turkey summit “big twenty” despite calls for cooperation with Russia in combating terrorism.
The meeting was attended by President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British and Italian premiers, David Cameron and Matteo Renzi, the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Laurent Fabius.
According to sources, the main motive for extending the anti-Russian sanctions was the desire to ensure the desired outcome of the elections in Ukraine in 2016, and this should continue providing financial and economic pressure on Russia.
At the same time it was emphasized that sanctions should remain in force until the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine in full.
The validity of the sanctions regime against Russia will expire in January 2016.