Economic and political restrictions have been introduced with respect to Russia and a number of persons in Russia and Ukraine in order to deter the Kremlin from further destabilization of the situation in Ukraine. The issue of extending sanctions is included into the today’s EU Council session schedule and will be considered at the meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU Council member states, Ukrinform reports.
Representation of the Netherlands to the EU Council has introduced a draft decision on the extension of sanctions against Russia for six months, since their action will expire on 31 July, 2016.
The decision on the continuation of economic pressure on the Kremlin will take effect after the adoption by the representatives of the EU member states and approval at the EU Council meeting on general issues on July 24.
According to the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the sanctions against Moscow will be really extended for another six months.