EU countries are preparing to discuss next week their actions in response to the worsening situation in Aleppo, writes The Wall Street Journal, citing European diplomats.
According to the publication, formal guidance on the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, but European capitals have already started to examine what could be the new anti-Russian sanctions.
The sources noted that the meeting at the level of Ministers of foreign Affairs of the EU countries will be held on Monday, October 17. While no specific decisions on sanctions it is not expected that they emphasize. But if the bombing of Aleppo continues, the situation will continue to deteriorate, the issue of sanctions at the meeting will be given “serious attention”, they emphasize.
Specific understandings of what can be new sanctions against Russia, yet. According to European diplomats, most likely, new sanctions may, Russian officials that can replenish the current EU list. Some of the European capitals offer to do this step after the meeting next week.
On Monday, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov in an interview with TV channel “Russia-24” stated that the study of anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the situation in Syria, according to Moscow, is not conducted. “Of course, the decision will require the consensus of 28 countries. Given that no further study of this issue was conducted, and according to our data, there is no hope that it will remain at the stage of talks,” he said (quoted by “Interfax”).