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Monday, May 29, 2017

Italy at the last moment refused to extend anti-Russian sanctions

Italy delays the extension of sectoral sanctions against Russia, Radio Free Europe reports, citing its sources in the EU. In Rome want the leaders of the European Union has committed itself to reconsider relations with Moscow until the end of the year.

Official Rome needs to include in a sanctions resolution a paragraph on the possible revision of the EU its policy towards Russia at the end of 2016. It is noted that this demand was made “at the last moment”.

Sources of Radio Free Europe in the EU, believe that sanctions will be extended. However, Italy’s position means that the final decision likely will be made at the summit of EU leaders on June 28-29.

Earlier it became known that the permanent representatives of the EU agreed to extend restrictions against Russia, which expires on July 31, before the end of January 2017. It is, in particular, sanctions against state companies in the oil and gas, financial and defense sectors. The solution to diplomats must be approved by the EU Council.

The “UKRINFORM” reported yesterday that three countries — France, UK and Sweden — have retarded the extension of sanctions the Council decided to use the procedure of “parliamentary reserve”, which provides for the approval of the question in national parliaments. But then it turned out that Paris, London and Stockholm this procedure is a formality.

Earlier, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said earlier that the question of extending sanctions already solved, but for six months the restrictions can be weakened. In Brussels, linking this issue with the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

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