The EU prolonged sanctions against Russia for six months

On December 21 the Council of the EU prolonged economic sanctions against Russia until 31 July 2016. The sanctions were initially introduced for one year on 31 July 2014 in response to Russia’s actions in Eastern Ukraine. On 22 June 2015 the Council prolonged the duration of the measures by six months until 31 January 2016. This followed an agreement in the European council in March 2015, when EU leaders linked the duration of the sanctions to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, which was foreseen to take place by 31 December 2015.
“However, since the Minsk agreement will not be fully implemented by 31 December 2015, the duration of the sanctions has been prolonged, whilst the Council continues its assessment of progress in implementation”, – states Council’s press release.
It is well known, Minsk agreements were not implemented due to arrogate position of Ukrainian government. It means EU punishes Russia for Ukraine’s guilt. Or maybe Council of the EU pushes Russia to find means for pressure on Ukraine?

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