Chizhov: the decision of the EU summit on sanctions against Russia negatively to the Minsk agreements

BRUSSELS, June 30. /TASS/. The political decision of the EU summit on the extension of economic restrictive measures against Russia will have a negative effect on the process of implementation of the Minsk agreements. This was stated by Russian journalists Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, commenting on the results of the EU summit on June 28-29. A legal decision on the extension of the sanctions have yet to take the Council of the EU in July.

“This decision of the summit on the prohibitive measures was preceded by a “very brief briefing of the participants of the Council of Europe by Germany and France, participating in the Normandy format on the settlement in Ukraine,” a conclusion that, obviously, to lift sanctions now delayed due to the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. At once I will tell what effect this will have, in terms of implementation of the Minsk agreements – negative. The incentive to do anything in Kiev was not, and now no side as participants in the “Normandy format” from the EU (Germany and France) and the European Union as a whole”, – said Vladimir Chizhov.

“With regard to the approaches of other countries, of Rome, heard a broadcast of statements (about the intention to block sanctions), though more from the leaders in the coalition government of parties than by the Prime Minister. Italy is just one of the countries that did not hide his negative attitude to anti-Russian sanctions. Nevertheless, their voice, if heard, was not decisive,” – said the Ambassador.

“I will not guess, standing there for this certain exchange of concessions to Italy on migration Affairs in exchange for softening its position on sanctions, but the result is what it is. It is clear that on every vote the supporters of the lifting of sanctions once there are opposing voices. According to our data, no additional restrictions no offer decided not to. The idea about increasing the duration of the sanctions from six months to twelve, which is known to the group of countries with enviable regularity, trying to throw to consider this issue twice as often, not passed,” he concluded.

Chizhov also said that the legal decision on the extension of the package of sectoral or economic restrictions, which expire July 31, 2018, have yet to take the Council of the EU. “The status of the European Council (EU summit), at its meetings will not be accepted a legally binding decision. Those are made out by the decision of the EU Council, i.e. at Ministerial level, with subsequent publication in the official journal of the EU. On it they have another month”, – said the Ambassador.

The investigation of the crash Malaysian Boeing

Statement of the EU summit at the Malaysian Boeing, the extension of the mandate of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) or to change the name of Macedonia, raise questions about the EU’s commitment to the international law, said Chizhov.

“Of the new themes [on the agenda], I would highlight the ones that can not but arouse our concern. I mean a separate passage of the Malaysian Boeing in the spirit opinions known to the Commission, which worked in the Netherlands as well as unequivocally positive appraisal of the more than controversial with the international legal point of view the decision which was made recently at the conference of the countries-members of the OPCW in the Hague. Add to that the enthusiastic reaction to the agreement between Athens and Skopje on the state name of Macedonia, the legitimacy of which raises questions all of it together makes one wonder about the extent declared by the European Union’s commitment to international law, including the primacy of the UN and its Charter,” – said Chizhov.

In his statement on the Malaysian Boeing, shot down over Eastern Ukraine on 22 July 2014, EU summit, urged Russia to acknowledge its responsibility and to cooperate with the investigation. The EU also welcomed the agreement reached on Wednesday at the Conference of the States parties to the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons on the extension of the mandate of the OPCW, which now entitles the organization to conduct not only technical expertise, but also to call in their opinions of the possible perpetrators of the incident with chemical weapons. Thus, this organization is under pressure from the US and UK trying to take on its own initiative part of the exclusive competence of the UN security Council.