According to the head of the European Council Donald Tusk, the EU, like all countries in the G7, continues to believe that the crisis in the South-East of Ukraine can only be resolved “in full accordance with international law”, in particular, with “respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine”.
“I want to be clear that our position in relation to Russia, including economic sanctions, will remain unchanged as long as the Minsk agreement are not met in full”, — said Tusk, speaking on the eve of the G7 summit in Japan.
At the same time, the European Council noted that the implementation of these agreements is moving much slower than anticipated.
“Unfortunately, [we see] a lot less progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements than we had hoped a year ago in Ellmau [at the G7 summit in 2015],” said Tusk.
Earlier, on 20 may, Bloomberg, citing six unnamed officials from the European Union reported that the EU agreed to extend imposed sanctions against Russia for another six months. The news Agency stressed that representatives of all 28 member States of the EU, agreed that the lifting of the sanctions should follow the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. While Bloomberg emphasized that among the interlocutors including representatives of the countries that are “less likely to support sanctions”.
The Agency noted that the extension of the sanctions, scheduled for June, will postpone the decision about a possible weakening them until December, when the United States changes presidential administration.