Leaders of the EU member countries have reached consensus to extend the economic sanctions against Russia because of the Kremlin's part in the ongoing hostilities in eastern Ukraine. The agreement was reached during the summit in Brussels on December 10. Radio Liberty reported that, as journalists managed to talk to the EU diplomats involved in the negotiations on this matter.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel informed other heads of states and government of the EU on the current stat of affairs in the Normandy format negotiations. They recommended the participants to extend the sanctions against Russia since no progress was made in finding the way to solve Donbas conflict.
The official decision will be made next week by ambassadors of EU member countries.
The sanctions foresee restricted access to markets of EU assets, the ban on exports and imports of weapons, the ban of export of dual-use products, as well as restricted assess to strategically important technologies and services that can be used during production and extraction of oil.
The EU keeps pointing out that lifting the sanctions against Russia directly depends on its full completion of Minsk agreements, which seek to end the war in eastern Ukraine. Typically, these sanctions are extended every six months.