The convergence between the EU and Russian Federation in fight against terrorism does not mean that the West will meet the needs of Kremlin to mitigate the sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing diplomats from Germany, the UK and France.
The publication notes that sanctions, which expire at the beginning of 2016, will be extended. The European Union will not make concessions to Putin and solve the issue of fighting Islamic State ‘at the cost of Ukraine.’
“Now we all understand that sanctions should be renewed,” one senior EU official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the WSJ.
A similar position was taken by the US, which does not intend to ease sanctions as well.
The western countries are now considering the issue on how long the sanctions will be in place. The sanctions may be extended for a year, half-year or three to four months. The dilution of sanctions will be considered only if Russia fulfills its obligations under the Minsk agreements.