Sanctions against Russia can be partially cancelled at the end of this or early next year. Such forecast was made by the former head of the Russian Ministry of Finance, the head of Committee of civil initiatives Alexei Kudrin.
“I have a feeling that, if we will consistently carry out the Minsk agreements, maybe the Syrian situation will have a positive impact, by the end of the year or early next year will be a partial removal or reduction of sanctions. This is my prediction,” said the former Minister in a public lecture at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University.
On the eve of the Minister of economy and energy, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel called on the European Union as early as the summer to create conditions for the lifting of sanctions imposed against Russia. “This should be our common goal,” — said the Minister.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February said that he wants the abolition of the EU sanctions against Russia “better today than tomorrow.” However, according to her, while the conditions for this. The lifting of sanctions it is linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
President Vladimir Putin has called the pointless attempts to link the lifting of sanctions the EU with full implementation of the Minsk agreements. “To link the lifting of sanctions by the EU with the final decision, bringing to the logical end of the Minsk process today is meaningless, because, I repeat, not on the side of Russia is this sphere”, — said the head of state.
In March, the EU extended for six months the so-called individual sanctions against Russian citizens and legal entities In the black list includes 146 individuals and 37 legal entities from Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, which, according to the EU, responsible for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
On the eve of the sanctions against Russia expanded Canada. In the black list includes Deputy General Director for commercial issues of concern “Kalashnikov” Edward Joffe and the top Manager of the concern Alexander Omelchenko. The number of sanctioned companies were part of a group, SMP Bank Investment Republican Bank, Mosoblbank OJSC “Volgogradneftemash”, Izhevsk mechanical plant, JSC “Izhmash”, as well as structures associated with the state Corporation “rostec”.
On the night of 3 March, President Barack Obama signed a decree extending by one year the grounds for sanctions against Russia. In response, Moscow warned Washington of “methodical shaking of the frame of bilateral relations” and warned the American authorities about the response.