The leaders of the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and France called for the need to impose tougher sanctions against Russia during the NATO Summit held in the British Newport. According to the Reuters agency, the decision on the additional measures, expected to be announced on Friday, September 5, will depend on the recent developments in Ukraine. Diplomatic sources say that the European Union intends to await the outcome of the meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk. In addition, not all the sanction issues are agreed.
According to the AFP agency, punitive measures of the European Union may affect the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. The Ambassadors of 28 EU countries discuss the list, which is expected to include about 20 people more from the team of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Brussels intends to respond to the reports of the direct participation of the Russian troops in the fighting in the east of Ukraine by tightened sanctions.