In December EU is likely to extend economic sanctions against Russia, which would expire at the end of January next year. But their further continuation after the inauguration of Donald Trump is questionable. It is reported by Reuters with reference to five EU diplomats.
"Extension of sanctions should occur in December. There are no changes in the situation in eastern Ukraine... there is no argument for them not to be extended," said one of the diplomats.
"However, after the inauguration of Trump - who knows where he will lead us," he said.
In the US during Obama presidency anti[Russian sanctions were imposed, and US has called on EU for unity in this matter. Despite this, the effectiveness of sanctions have been questioned by Italy, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, which have close business ties with Moscow.
Donald Trump during the election campaign declared desire to to improve relations with Russia. European diplomats fear that the softening of the US position will be used by the Kremlin to weaken the EU's position on the sanctions.
At the same time diplomats say that the fate of sanctions against Russia is not a priority for Trump, and for Europe the future of its relations with NATO are also more important.