The EU will consider the option to extend the sanctions against Russia for the annexation of Crimea. Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy offered EU member countries to do so. The offered limitations, if imposed, are supposed to act until June 23, 2020. The sanctions would ban the import of goods from Crimea; besides, EU cruise ships would be banned from staying at Crimean sea ports.
In case of return of the Russian delegation to the work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Ukraine will reconsider its attitude to the Assembly. Ukrainian Radio reported that citing Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar.
“We were ready for such decision as during the voting, a few weeks ago, we voted against and urged our international partners to prosecute Russia for the committed crimes. In the case of voting, everything happened not as we wished,” he said.
According to Bodnar, nothing extra-critical happened but the return of Russia to the PACE bears the threat of the disruption of the trust for this organization.
He added that in such case, probably, the correction of the attitude to this organization by Ukraine will happen. “As we thought that the Council of Europe should provide, first of all, the human rights and main points of the functioning of democracy. Unfortunately, Russia does not do it and western countries forgive it”.