Unanimous decision: in the EU, advocated the extension of anti-Russian sanctions

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in fotobanka of the countries participating in the meeting of the Council of Europe in Brussels. Archival photoUnanimous decision: in the EU, advocated the extension of anti-Russian sanctions© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

. The heads of member States of the European Union unanimously called for the renewal of sanctions against Russia, said European Council President Donald Tusk.
The current sanctions expire in early 2018.

«The EU unanimously in favour of the extension of economic sanctions against Russia,» Tusk wrote on Twitter.

EU united on roll-over of economic sanctions on Russia.

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) 14 Dec 2017

Now the required technical procedure for the approval of restrictive measures against Russia by the EU Council.

Earlier, the RIA Novosti source said that a formal decision is expected next week. Sanctions, according to representatives of the EU, will be extended for six months without change.According to the Ukrainian leader, it is «an important political decision for violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the unwillingness to stop hybrid aggression.»

He also expressed the opinion that the extension of the sanctions would be «a fitting response to the failure to meet their obligations and a clear call for a change in policy of the Kremlin.»
Poroshenko also thanked the «friends of the EU» for the support of Ukraine.

«The future peace, security and prosperity of our European home depend on the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine», — he added.

Earlier, Poroshenko called himself the biggest supporter of lifting anti-Russian sanctions. However, as he argued, «Russia should withdraw all its troops» from Ukraine. The Ukrainian leader urged Western States not to hurry with the abolition of restrictive measures in view of the fact that this, according to Poroshenko, will lead to the strengthening of «Russian aggression» against Kiev.

Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of meddling in the internal Affairs of the country. Moscow, in turn, calls the accusations unacceptable. The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that Russia is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.In particular, the President of Bulgaria, rumen Radev noted that the restrictive measures against Russia can’t last forever. The Bulgarian leader also called for finding other ways, including political. Radev said that Bulgarian entrepreneurs are dissatisfied with the current sanctions against Russia. He also expressed the opinion that «sanctions should not lead to suffering business.»

In Italy also said the damage from anti-Russian sanctions. The leader of the party «Northern League» Matteo Salvini said that the Republic lost the restrictive measures against Russia almost seven billion euros. Italian politician called «actual suicide» of sanctions against Moscow. Salvini also said that a serious blow was dealt to Italian enterprises, focused on exports to Russia. According to him, the greatest losses suffered furniture production. Salvini stressed that the current situation is «short-sighted policy of Rome and Brussels».

Czech President Milos Zeman said in an interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin that the sanctions «have to finish».

The negative effect of sanctions on Russia lamented and former Prime Minister Leszek Miller. In his words, Polish businessmen are forced to seek less favorable markets after the introduction of restrictive measures against Russia.

Austrian Institute of economic research have made calculations at the request of the European Parliament and found that anti-Russian sanctions led to losses for Europe in the amount of $ 30 billion.

Institute of world economy in Kiel (IfW), in turn, reported that the biggest losses among all member countries of the EU, Germany bears.

It all depends on the Minsk agreements

The European Union imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014 amid the Ukrainian conflict.

The heads of member States of the EU in 2015, tied the sanctions to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. If the EU extends restrictive measures against Russia every six months. Earlier, the state Secretary Rex Tillerson said that the US and Europe oppose «Russian aggression» with the help of a coherent sanctions policy against Russia.

The Russian authorities reacted to Brussels ‘ policies, taking the response and taking a course on import substitution. As told the press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, Russia has managed to complete the process of adaptation to Western sanctions. Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also expressed the opinion that Russia is not afraid of sanctions and learned to live with them.Unanimous decision: in the EU, advocated the extension of anti-Russian sanctionsThe implementation of the Minsk agreements