Volker complained about the lack of unity in the EU on the anti-Russian sanctions

© AFP 2018 / Mladen AntonovФлаги European States and the EU against the Kremlin. Archival photoVolker complained about the lack of unity in the EU on the anti-Russian sanctions© 2018 AFP / Mladen Antonov

Special envoy of the US state Department in Ukraine Kurt Volker said the broad support in the European Union the idea of lifting sanctions against Russia, reports «112 Ukraine».

«You know that the European Union has a lot of votes to lift sanctions even if Russia will not take one step», — he said.

According to him, such position of some countries does not allow to maintain the consensus on restrictive measures against Russia within the EU.

While Walker admitted that he himself is a supporter of anti-Russian sanctions.

Sanctions against Russia

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in 2014 after the coup in the Ukraine and to return Crimea, which joined Russia after a referendum. Washington and Brussels accused Moscow of meddling in the internal politics of Ukraine and introduced the restrictive measures. The Russian side took retaliatory sanctions, but the Kremlin has repeatedly stressed that they consider the dialogue in the language of sanctions counterproductive.

Recently in Europe often commented on the need to abolish the restrictive measures against Russia.

So, at the end of last month, the Chairman of the Commission for economic Affairs of the French Senate Sophie prima said that anti-Russian sanctions dealt a painful blow on agriculture of France.

A similar statement in July by a former Italian Senator Roberto Moore. According to him, due to the restrictive measures, Italy’s economy annually suffers losses of seven million euros. The Ambassador of Italy in Moscow Pasquale Terracciano said that Rome will seek the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions. However, the diplomat admitted admitted that in the near future is unlikely.

The Austrian foreign Minister Karin Kneissl last week urged the EU to reconsider its attitude to Russia and to end the mistrust in relations with Moscow.

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