The head of the Lithuanian foreign Ministry believes that the EU sanctions against Russia will be extended

The head of the Lithuanian foreign Ministry believes that the EU sanctions against Russia will be extended


The EU economic sanctions against Russia linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements will be extended, said Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. He noted that this issue was not discussed at the Council of foreign Ministers of EU countries on Monday.

BRUSSELS, 14 Dec. Maria Knyazeva. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius believes that the economic EU sanctions against Russia tied to the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements will be extended. He said this to journalists after the Council of foreign Ministers of EU on Monday.

“I am confident that the sanctions will be extended,” he said.

According to the Minister, this issue was not discussed at the Council of foreign Ministers of EU countries on Monday.

In recent days the EU has been the preparation of extension of anti-Russian economic sanctions, which are linked to the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. A draft decision on this issue is ready, it could be adopted at the level of permanent representatives of EU countries at the Union (Coreper), without in-depth discussion at a higher level.

However, this was not possible: according to sources, the decision was virtually blocked by Italy. Luxembourg also voted against prolongation without proper discussion of implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Economic sanctions against Russia were imposed by the EU from 1 August 2014 for a year, in September 2014 they were enlarged. An embargo on new contracts on the import and export from the EU to the Russian Federation weapons and goods and technologies of dual purpose.