EU sanctions against Russia will be extended until the end of the year – Ambassador – news ZIK.UA

Санкції ЄС проти Росії будуть продовжені до кінця року, – посол – новини ZIK.UA

EU sanctions against Russia, imposed for its aggression against Ukraine, most likely, will be continued at the end of 2018.

This was stated by EU Ambassador in Russia, Marcus Ederer in an interview with Russian “Interfax”, – transfers “Ukrainian truth”.

“In my opinion, today both sides of the conflict in Ukraine, and in Russia – not enough political will for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, in particular agreements of February 2015,” the Ambassador said.

In his opinion, both sides have violated the “spirit and letter of those agreements.”

“In this situation, I believe that at the end of this year, the sanctions against Russia will continue,” – said Ederer.

At the same time, speaking about the possibility of resumption of relations between the European Union and Russia in General, he noted the negative development of the situation around the conflict in Ukraine, which is complemented by other recent incidents.”

“All these cases are not conducive to the resumption of relations between the EU and Russia to a normal level,” – said the Ambassador.

Ederer added, which complicates the possibility of restoring relations between the EU and Russia attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a poisonous substance, and attempted cyber attacks on the office OSHS in the Hague.

Recall, United States on Thursday imposed sanctions against two Ukrainians, one Russian and nine companies in Ukraine and Russia, which are involved in the annexation of Crimea and related violations of human rights.

The sanctions aim to further punish Moscow for the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and for supporting Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

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