According to The Wall Street Journal, European diplomats quietly agreed to extend the personal sanctions against a number of Russian and Ukrainian politicians. From the list had been crossed only a few people: to the deceased head of the GRU Igor Sergun, and a former Secretary of the national security and defense Council of Ukraine Raisa Bogatyreva. According to the newspaper, she returned to the Ukrainian authorities has money, but because the charges against her dropped.
WSJ States that if the issue of personal sanctions did not lead to major differences among diplomats, the July renewal of economic sanctions against Russia will not be so simple. “With the decrease in the level of violence in Eastern Ukraine and the growing problems of the Kiev government has increased the number of European countries who believe that sanctions against Russia should be revised”, specifies the edition. While the WSJ does not indicate how many of these countries.
It is expected that relations with Moscow, the European diplomats will discuss this month.
As a sign of possible change in the attitude of the European Union to Russia WSJ calls the decision of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to go in June at an economic forum in St. Petersburg. The publication notes that Juncker may be the first senior European official, who will visit Russia after the annexation of Crimea in spring 2014.
The first personal sanctions were imposed after Crimea and Sevastopol were annexed by Russia. Then in the list included people who, according to Brussels and Washington, were involved in this event. Among them – Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko, presidential adviser Sergei Glazyev. Subsequently, the EU and the US expanded the list. Altogether, it included almost 150 people.