The reconsideration of the model of the EU anti-Russian sanctions may give an impetus to the settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict as RBK reported citing Nathalie Tocci, the Special Advisor of EU High Representative for Foreign Affair and Security Police Federica Mogherini.
According to Tocci, the sanctions against Russian should be tied not to the progress of the implementation of Minsk Agreements as it happens now but to the observance of the international law and human rights. In such case, the decision on the extension of the old sanctions and imposing of new will be more flexible and Moscow will have the additional stimulus to find a compromise out of the frames of Minsk Agreements.
Tocci added that the format of the negotiations on the conflict in Donbas should be reconsidered and Minsk Agreements should be replaced. “Minsk Agreements create vicious circle: European Union says that Russia does not fulfill its part of agreements and Moscow complains about non-fulfillment of these conditions by Ukraine and it causes the inaction”.
Earlier we reported that the Ambassadors of the EU decided to prolong sanctions for one more year. Sanctions were imposed for the illegal annexation of Crimea. The respective decision was made in Brussels within the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) sitting.
Besides, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu insists on the extension of the anti-Russian sanctions.
As it was reported, the European Commission offered to prolong anti-Russian sanctions for Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s annexation. The new sanctions package will take force on June 23, 2020.