Today, February 16, new sanctions against Russia agreed earlier by the states of the European Union will enter into force.
According to the decision of the European Council of February 9, personal sanctions will be applied to 19 persons, including five Russian citizens and nine organizations.
The introduction of restrictive measures on February 16 was confirmed by President of the European Council Donald Tusk at a press conference following the informal EU summit on February 12.
The decision on adding new individuals into the sanctions list was adopted by the EU Council on February 9 due to the treacherous shelling of Mariupol. Sanctions' entry into force was scheduled for February 16 in order not to interfere with the negotiation process in the Normandy Format within the diplomatic work to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.
It should be noted that recently French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that in the event of fulfillment of the Minsk agreements the sanctions against Russia would be reduced, but in the event of their non-fulfillment – they would be followed by new restrictive measures.
However, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevichs noted that the EU would not cancel the recent sanctions against Russia imposed in connection with the shelling of Mariupol.