Romano Prodi believes G7 takes back seat without Russia and ChinaWorld May 29, 14:24
War on terror to top Putin-Macron talks agenda — KremlinRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 29, 14:16
Kiev's intelligence agency raids Yandex offices in UkraineWorld May 29, 14:11
Diplomat says Montenegro playing 'Russian interference' card as excuse for NATO membershipRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 29, 14:00
Putin declares 2018-2027 to be Children’s Decade in RussiaSociety & Culture May 29, 13:30
Press review: Macron’s 'independent policy' display and MC-21’s maiden flight to successPress Review May 29, 13:00
Tefft confirms Huntsman may soon replace him as US ambassador to RussiaWorld May 29, 12:17
Le Pen says Putin’s visit to France will bolster relations between countriesWorld May 29, 12:13
Russia to respond to diplomats’ expulsion from Estonia on tit-for-tat basisRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 29, 11:49
SOCHI, November 9. /TASS/. Moscow waits for Brussels’ official position on extending anti-Russian sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday.
Peskov refused to comment on reports by anonymous sources in German media that EU would extend sectoral sanctions against Russia.
"Such newspaper reports without concrete references, citing sources, are not a reason to form a certain position," the spokesman said. "We are waiting for our partners to form a position. This is absolutely Brussels’ decision," he added.
A diplomat from one of East European delegations told TASS on Monday that EU countries have no agreement yet on extending economic sanctions against Russia that expire at the end of January 2016.
"Sanctions have not significantly influenced Russian policy in Ukraine and Russia’s position toward Crimea over the last 1.5 years [EU sectoral sanctions were imposed on 31 July 2014]. There are no grounds to think that keeping them will change anything. At the same time, reciprocal restrictions considerably affected the economies of EU member countries, so several European countries have no grounds for extending them," the diplomat said.
He reminded that the final decision on European sanctions against Russia will be made at the session of EU foreign ministers in the middle of January 2016.
"However, everyone understands that, taking into account great political significance of this problem and existing disagreements between EU countries, we can expect a political discussion on extending sanctions to continue at the scheduled summit of EU leaders on December 17-18 in Brussels," he noted.
This topic will not be on top of the agenda at the summit though as it will primarily focus on the migration crisis, the diplomat added.