Western leaders agreed to extend sanctions against Russia for six months


During a meeting on the sidelines of the summit of G20 held in Antalya (Turkey) on November 15-16, the leaders of five Western countries have agreed to extend sanctions against Russia for six months, reports Reuters citing a diplomatic source.

According to the agency, the meeting was attended by the US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who represented the country in place of President Francois Hollande. During the meeting, Western leaders stressed the need to continue putting pressure on Russia in connection with the elections in Ukraine.

Previously, The Wall Street Journal reported on the European Union’s decision to extend the economic sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with the crisis in Ukraine. According to the publication, at the moment the Western countries are considering three options for continuing sanctions policy: extension of the restrictive measures for six months, for a year, or just for three or four months.

The decision was made amid reports on the strengthening of relations between the West and Moscow, which began after the terrorist attacks in Paris, notes the newspaper.

EU leaders should decide on the future of sanctions against Russia in mid-December. Validity of EU economic sanctions against Russia will expire at the end of January 2016. Extending of the restrictive measures must be approved by all 28 EU member states. Western countries have repeatedly stated that the extension of sanctions depends on the performance of the Minsk Agreement on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine.

Source: RBC


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