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EU not sure about discussing sanctions at summit in Brussels

Despite the statements of some EU leaders, Estonia still hopes that during the EU summit in Brussels, which will be held March 19-20, the leaders will be able to agree upon not only security issues in the energy sector, the Eastern Partnership, but also the sanctions.

EU not sure about discussing sanctions at summit in Brussels

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In discussing the situation in Russia and Ukraine, the heads of state and government of the EU countries will be able to reach a consensus regarding further policy of sanctions and full implementation of the Minsk agreements, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the statement of Estonian Ambassador to the EU Matti Maasikas.

According to him, Estonia is confident that "there is a need for a common EU position that sanctions against Russia will be maintained until all the requirements of the Minsk agreements are fulfilled."

At the same time the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgar Rinkevich said that discussion of new sanctions due to the crisis in Ukraine is not expected at the Summit of EU heads of state on March 19-20.

"I do not think – although EU leaders will decide it – that later this week there will be discussed the new sanctions," he said at a press conference in Brussels.

Earlier, it was reported that the effect of EU sanctions against the Russian Federation expires in July, but in the EU there is no consensus on the issue of their early renewal. the United Kingdom, the Baltic States, and Scandinavia speak for the early extension of EU sanctions against Russia at least for six months.