The European Union will prolong for another term sanctions against Russia before the upcoming end of June EU summit.
This was stated by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Thursday 16 June in Helsinki at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä, reports «Interfax-Ukraine».
«Our position is clear, as was clear from the beginning: we should coordinate sanctions against Russia with the implementation of the Minsk agreement,» Tusk said, answering questions at a press conference, a video which his press service circulated in Brussels.
«I am confident that we will extend sanctions before our summit and do it at a lower level, at the level of the permanent representatives Committee of the EU Council (COREPER),» he continued. — On the issue today less controversial than you think. But there are the requests of the leaders of several countries on the need for deep and Frank discussion not only about sanctions, but about our relationship with Russia in General. First of all, in the Ukrainian context, but not only.»
Tusk said that the meeting of the European Council in October will highlight specifically the whole evening for discussions on this topic and then will be able to say something more about the new steps, including sanctions».
According to Sipilä, «it is now clear that sanctions will be extended» as they are related to Minsk agreements, which «are not executed by all parties, not just Russian.»
The schedule of meetings COREPER before the EU summit on June 28-29 meeting of permanent representatives of the EU countries listed 16, 21 and 22 June. The COREPER decision in any case shall be approved by the EU Council. The profile of the Council is irrelevant, it doesn’t have to be the EU Council on foreign Affairs. Before the summit must go through tips on employment and social Affairs June 16-17, Economics and Finance June 17, according to foreign Affairs June 20, General Affairs on 24 June and on agriculture and fisheries, 27-28 June.
In his speech at a press conference Tusk took «aggressive foreign policy» threats to the European Union.
«Our fundamental political message was heard all over the neighbourhood and beyond. Sanctions against Russia are still related to full implementation of the Minsk agreements,» Tusk confirmed.
Recall that in late may, the country’s «seven» supported the continuation of the sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements, and has threatened to strengthen them if necessary.
Sanctions against Russia will be extended before the EU summit, Tusk sure 16.06.2016