The leaders of the EU countries have extended economic sanctions against Russia for another six months. This was reported by the correspondent of Radio Liberty in Brussels, Rikard Jozwiak.
He noted that European leaders supported the sanctions extension on Thursday, and officially this will be announced next week.
"EU leaders have given green light to extend the EU economic sanctions on Russia for another 6 months. Official roll over next week," he wrote.
As it was reported earlier European sanctions against Russia were introduced on July 31, 2014 in response to the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea. Since then sanctions are continuing and periodically strengthening due to the aggression in Donbas.
Earlier the German Chancellor said EU does not have enough grounds to cancel sanctions against Russia. According to her, there is not enough progress to discontinue the restriction measures, and the EU came to conclusion that 'one has to do everything possible for Minsk process to proceed,' Interfax quoted her as saying.