EU leaders to extend sanctions against Russia with preservation of dialogue
European Parliament and European Council leaders were in favor of extension of sanctions against Russia
European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the head of the European Council Donald Tusk spoke in favor of the extension of anti-Russian sanctions.
European diplomats said this in Passau, Germany at an event organized by a local newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, Reuters reports.
"I can't just wish Russia away. We should not declare Russia to be a pariah. Instead, we should tell Moscow, 'We condemn what you are doing wrong, but will keep the channel for dialogue open for when you're ready,'" Schulz told the event.
He added that sanctions should act so that Russia fulfills the Minsk agreements.
In turn, Chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk said that the response to the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine and Syria can be an extension of existing sanctions.
"It's obvious for me today, the only way is to prolong the sanctions against Russia," he said. "Otherwise it will be a clear capitulation".
Earlier, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held talks with European Council President Donald Tusk, who arrived in Ukraine to participate in events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy.
The Head of State said that Ukraine expects the EU to maintain sanctions against the Russian Federation to the full restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Later, Tusk said he hoped for an extension of sanctions against Russia in December.
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