The question of extending the anti-Russian sanctions not on the agenda of the meeting of the Council of the European Union, to be held on June 24, due to the fact that France may not be able to reconcile this decision in Parliament, reports “UKRINFORM”, citing a senior EU diplomat.
21 June it became known that the permanent representatives of the EU agreed on the extension of sectoral sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2017. Formally, the document must be approved Friday at a meeting of Ministers for European Affairs.
However, according to sources “UKRINFORM” in diplomatic circles, three countries — France, UK and Sweden — decided to use the procedure of “parliamentary reserve”. It provides for the harmonization of this issue in national parliaments. The news Agency stressed that London and Stockholm this is a purely formal procedure that will be completed before the end of the week.
“The chairmanship of the Netherlands is committed to complete this process [of sanctions] this week on Friday at a meeting of the EU Council for General Affairs. But the question now is not included in the agenda, because unknown, will the government of France to reconcile this decision with its Parliament,” — said a senior EU diplomat.
The diplomat added that the EU has until the end of July to legally approve the extension of the sectoral sakici against Russia until January of next year.
On 8 June the upper house of the French Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the government to begin a gradual easing of sanctions against Russia. The document expresses regret at the deterioration of relations between Russia and the EU and noted that “the restoration of confidence and strong relationships is essential to solve common tasks and achieve the strategic partnership with Russia.”
June 20, Reuters reported that representatives of the EU countries disagreed on the question of extending sanctions against Russia. According to the Agency, during the discussion of sanctions, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Slovakia spoke about the necessity of negotiations on the easing of the sanctions policy.
“I’m not calling for the lifting of sanctions. But what I don’t want to see is what we formally maintain sanctions and to bypass sanctions all signed major deals with Russia, paying visits, meeting with people whose names are on the sanctions list. To date the reality is. So I think it would be fair to discuss it,” he said.
Reuters also reported that the need to seek common ground with the Kremlin said France. In addition, the restrictions are interested in Italy, Bulgaria and Greece, noted the Agency.
On 17 June the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi is the only one of the heads of States attending the St. Petersburg economic forum, promised that his country will not allow the automatic extension of anti-Russian sanctions. He promised that the meeting at the ambassadorial level, the Italian side will require to have a discussion on this issue.