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Friday, October 21, 2016

Merkel: For extension of anti-Russian sanctions have nothing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the restrictive measures against Russia, introduced because of the situation in Ukraine, will have to extend. The statement was made at a press conference on the results of the European Council in Brussels.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Merkel said she and French President Francois Hollande discussed the implementation of Minsk agreements. European leaders came to the conclusion that the agreement is not complied with in full, so “the extension of sanctions, unfortunately, necessary.” “Thus, in the way of extending restrictive measures already worth nothing,” said the Chancellor (quoted by TASS).

Earlier, the permanent representatives of EU agreed to extend sanctions against Russia, which expires July 31, until January 2017. The solution to diplomats must be approved by the EU Council.

When it became known that the prolongation of restrictions “stalled” Italy. Official Rome at the last moment demanded that the sanctions resolution included a paragraph on the possible revision of the EU its policy towards Russia at the end of 2016.

The validity of anti-Russian economic sanctions of the EU expires on 31 July this year. Personal sanctions against Russian citizens of Ukraine who are held responsible for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine, valid until September 15. Restrictive measures against the Crimea was recently extended until 23 June 2017.

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