The decision to extend the sanctions will be another manifestation of the involvement of the EU and demonstrate a short-sighted policy of Brussels, said the Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Alexei Meshkov.
MOSCOW, 16 Dec. The extension of anti-Russian sanctions will be another manifestation of the political engagement of the EU and evidence of lack of foresight Brussels, said in an interview, Deputy foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov.
“Renewing the sanctions will be another manifestation of the political engagement of the EU, a testimony very short-sighted line of Brussels,” said Sacks.
According to him, in Moscow, noted that among the EU member States there is no unity in relation to automatism and the timing of the renewal of sanctions.
“This suggests that an understanding of the futility of sanctions confrontation gradually begins to ripen. Sooner or later it will prevail,” he said.
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.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. 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: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.
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 of arms and goods and technologies of dual use, their validity period expires on 31 January 2016.
The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru at 15.00.