Italy delays the extension of economic sanctions against Russia, which the ambassadors of the European Union reached a provisional agreement on Tuesday, according to RFE/RL, citing unnamed sources. According to them, the authorities want to summit on 28-29 June, EU leaders pledged to reconsider relations with Moscow later in 2016. According to sources, Italy wants the item on the revision of relations was included in the communiqué of the summit before it officially approved the extension of sanctions.
The validity of economic sanctions against Russia expires July 31. 21 June, the permanent representatives of the EU approved the extension of sanctions for six months, until the end of January 2017. Permanent representatives agreed to extend sectoral sanctions, particularly in respect of public companies, oil and gas, financial and defense sectors. The reason for this decision was the continued unstable situation in Ukraine.
Sanctions against Russia was introduced more than two years because of the situation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. A week ago, the EU extended sanctions in respect of Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2017.
The EU in 2016 is planning to hold in-depth discussions on foreign policy with Russia. The theme of sanctions would be one of the key.