The EU will not drop the adopted sanctions against Russia, which shall come into force on Monday, Feb. 16.
This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, according to Deutsche Welle.
The adopted package of measures bans entry and freezes the assets of certain individuals and entities of the separatists and Russian citizens, who support them. The names of these 19 people and nine organizations have not been released yet.
Merkel explained that these sanctions have been adopted in response to the shelling of Mariupol by the separatists, which led to many civilian casualties. She added that at the summit the European Commission was called upon to prepare new possible sanctions against Russia, if need be, and that the EU should have all the abilities for reaction.
French President Francois Hollande, in turn, did not rule out the possibility of further easing of sanctions against Russia if the agreement reached in Minsk is implemented, Reuters reports.