EU starts discussions on extension of anti-Russian sanctions

EU starts discussions on extension of anti-Russian sanctions

EU Chief Diplomat Federica Mogherini is presiding over discussions on extension of anti-Russian sanctions at the EU Foreign Affairs Council in the light of the attack on Mariupol on January 24. Chief diplomats of Europe recommend extension of the sanctions and expansion of blacklists as a response to violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by certain Russian individuals and legal bodies. The lists were formed in March 2014 and were last updated in December 2014.

Professor Alexander Gusev, the head of the Center for Strategic Development of CIS Countries of the RAS Institute of Europe, the director of the Institute of Strategic Planning and Forecasting, expressed doubts in any radical decisions taken at the Foreign Affairs Council.

He predicts that the sanctions will be extended until March. In his words, the European Council, the European Union and the European Commission approved the sanctions on March 21, 2014, keeping them in force until November 1, 2014, then extending them until March 21, 2015. The expert added that the summit of EU states will reiterate decisions made at the Council on February 12. He doubts that new individuals, organizations, banks or financial structures would be added.

Gusev called Russia’s responsive sanctions effective and adequate, the embargo on European products will stay. Poland, in his words, lost 1.2 billion euros, West Germany about 40 million euros, Greece about 7.5 billion euros. He believes that Russia’s sanctions against Europe had a great impact on SYRIZA’s victory in Greece.

Sergey Mikheyev, deputy chairman of the Vestnik Kavkaza Editorial Council, the director of the Institute for Caspian Cooperation, considers Russia’s being strong and independent from Europe the best response. The expert noted that there had not been any need to wait for years to figure that the West was not a friend of Russia.

Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center for Political Information, assumes that Russia will have an adequate response to new sanctions. He said that it was very smart of the U.S. to bind sanctions with Europe’s position.

EU Chief Diplomat Federica Mogherini is presiding over discussions on extension of anti-Russian sanctions at the EU Foreign Affairs Council in the light of the attack on Mariupol on January 24. Chief diplomats of Europe recommend extension of the sanctions and expansion of blacklists as a response to violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by certain Russian individuals and legal bodies. The lists were formed in March 2014 and were last updated in December 2014.Professor Alexander Gusev, the head of the Center for Strategic Development of CIS Countries of the RAS Institute of Europe, the director of the Institute of Strategic Planning and Forecasting, expressed doubts in any radical decisions taken at the Foreign Affairs Council.He predicts that the sanctions will be extended until March. In his words, the European Council, the European Union and the European Commission approved the sanctions on March 21, 2014, keeping them in force until November 1, 2014, then extending them until March 21, 2015. The expert added that the summit of EU states will reiterate decisions made at the Council on February 12. He doubts that new individuals, organizations, banks or financial structures would be added.Gusev called Russia’s responsive sanctions effective and adequate, the embargo on European products will stay. Poland, in his words, lost 1.2 billion euros, West Germany about 40 million euros, Greece about 7.5 billion euros. He believes that Russia’s sanctions against Europe had a great impact on SYRIZA’s victory in Greece.Sergey Mikheyev, deputy chairman of the Vestnik Kavkaza Editorial Council, the director of the Institute for Caspian Cooperation, considers Russia’s being strong and independent from Europe the best response. The expert noted that there had not been any need to wait for years to figure that the West was not a friend of Russia.Alexey Mukhin, the director general of the Center for Political Information, assumes that Russia will have an adequate response to new sanctions. He said that it was very smart of the U.S. to bind sanctions with Europe’s posit

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