EU extends anti-Russian sanctions

EU extends anti-Russian sanctions

The European Union has decided to extend the anti-Russian sanctions until March 2016. The decision was taken at today's meeting of the European Union's Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper).

These are the sanctions that have been imposed against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and legal entities, which the EU believes are responsible for undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity.

"Coreper has decided to extend the sanctions for another six months. Now the technical team will conduct technical and legal work, so that the Council can make a final decision by September 15," RIA Novosti cited a source on condition of anonymity as saying.

As Vestnik Kavkaza earlier reported, Washington has added new companies from Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Sudan and Turkey to its list of sanctions to guarantee their compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation regime imposed on Iran, North Korea and Syria.

According to the Federal Register, these include the Instrument Design Bureau (Tula); the Joint Stock Company Katod; JSC NPO Mashinostroyenia (Reutov); Rosoboronexport (Moscow) and the Russian Aircraft Corporation (Moscow). These measures will stay in place for two years, TASS reports.

The director of the Center for Political Information, Alexey Mukhin, told Vestnik Kavkaza that, nevertheless, the EU does not want a long confrontation with Russia, despite the extension of the sanctions.

"I think the extension of the sanctions has an inertial character. The European Union does not want and cannot continue this foolish undertaking for long, which is advantageous only for the US. It lacks the political will. But dissatisfaction with the sanctions regime is growing, which is why the sanctions have been extended for six months, not for a year," he said.

However, the lifting of sanctions is not possible at the moment, the  director of the Center for Political Information stressed. "While the sanctions regime is favorable for the US, it will be supported. The EU in this case played a very passive role, and as a result it will likely lose," Alexei Mukhin concluded.

Director of the Institute of Political Studies, Sergey Markov, in his turn, said that, despite the unwillingness to worsen relations with Russia, the EU, which is subordinate to the political will of the United States, has to constantly renew sanctions.

"The EU today is completely suppressed by Washington. The US pursues a policy oriented to restart its global domination through the subordination of everyone. So they are provoking a revolt of the Russian elite over the deterioration of life by sanctions. In Russia, everyone understands that there will be no relief," he said.

The expert noted that the situation is deadlocked and there is no exit here at the moment. "Only the liberation of New Russia, Kharkov, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Nikolaev, Zaporozhye would lead to the lifting of EU sanctions. Then the sanctions would be lifted," Sergey Markov concluded.

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