European Union leaders will discuss the possibility of improving relations with Russia in response to the growing discontent with economic sanctions against Russia among a number of EU Member States next month. Reuters agency reports this.
It is noted that the sanctions against Russia will likely be saved.
The EU Member States Representatives will review the state of relations with Russia at the summit on October 20-21.
The agency notes that Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Slovakia and Hungary are now skeptical about the prolongation of sanctions against Russia. They want to go back to doing business with the country.
"It will be extremely difficult to extend the sanctions, but it can be done if the key skeptics will be convinced that there are other elements in the EU policy towards Russia, and not just sanctions", said a senior official in the EU.
Another agency's interlocutor said: "There will be those who will want to lower the bar for Russia to give a signal that as soon as Moscow will make a step forward, the EU will normalize the situation".
According to the source, the supporters of lifting the sanctions converge in the position that decisions on sanctions should be a unanimous opinion.
"Nobody wants to single-handedly block the sanctions’ extending. It would have been different if a few of them were to stand for this decision together", he said.
Earlier, the US Vice President Joe Biden warned Poroshenko that at least five EU countries are ready to abolish anti-Russian sanctions.