Russian Foreign Ministry: Terrorists in Syria may get chemical weapons from Libya, IraqRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 19:05
US not ready yet to restart arms control dialog, Russian diplomat saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 18:57
Court recognizes Russia’s Sports Ministry as affected party in WADA whistleblower caseSport April 24, 18:48
Elephant, giraffe and wildcats found among Muscovites’ house petsSociety & Culture April 24, 17:48
Putin calls for setting apart real anti-corruption crusaders from political show-offsRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 24, 16:34
Moscow court turns down Jehovah’s Witnesses bid to fight Justice Ministry’s banWorld April 24, 16:08
Swiss-based CAS upholds four-year ban on Russian marathon runner MayorovaSport April 24, 15:57
Teenager brings grenade to school in Dagestan, one killed, 11 woundedWorld April 24, 15:54
Foreign policy chief says EU ready to return to strategic partnership with RussiaWorld April 24, 15:45
BERLIN, September 2. /TASS/. The extension of the EU sanctions against Russia at a time when Kiev fails to fulfil the Minsk agreements, and as progress is observed in the Minsk process with the introduction of the ceasefire regime, is absurd, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said in an exclusive interview with TASS on Friday, commenting on reports by TASS sources that the EU in the coming days is going to extend sanctions against a number of Russian citizens and the east of Ukraine.
"As a rule, by quite a strange coincidence, the European Union always extends the sanctions when there’s some progress in the Minsk process," he said. "In particular, the ceasefire regime was introduced as of September 1, which has so far been quite well complied with".
"And extending sanctions against Russia for Kiev’s failure to fulfill the Minsk agreements - it’s at least absurd," Meshkov said.
Earlier, TASS sources said the EU was expected next week to extend for another half-a-year sanctions against 146 nationals of Russia and Ukraine’s self-proclaimed republics as well as against 37 organizations. These restrictions expire on September 15.