German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the results of the meeting of EU heads of state in Brussels on the evening of 28 June stated that she and French President Francois Hollande made it clear to EU leaders that the extension of sanctions against Russia, “unfortunately, necessary,” according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Recalling the agreement on the ceasefire in the South-East of Ukraine, which is still not fulfilled, Merkel said that for extension of sanctions there are no obstacles.
“The extension of sanctions nothing to stop it,” said Merkel. She noted that the discussion of restrictions against Russia at a summit of EU leaders took a little time. European Council President Donald Tusk has promised that a broader discussion on the issue of sanctions and the EU’s relations with Russia will be held in October.
The current economic sanctions against Russia expires July 31. 21 June, the permanent representatives of the EU approved the extension of sectoral sanctions for six months, until the end of January 2017. It is, in particular, on measures against the Russian state companies of oil and gas, financial and defense sectors. As the WSJ notes, it is expected that formal sanctions will be extended in the coming days.