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Poland to speak for preservation of new sanctions against Russia at today’s EU summit

The main topic of today's EU summit will be new sanctions against Russia. Although it is unknown whether the Community will preserve unanimity regarding this matter.

Today Brussels will hold the summit of EU countries, the main subject will be the relationship with Moscow. Poland will insist that new EU sanctions against Russia remain in action. It was announced by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Rafal Trzaskowski, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Polish Radio.

Previous sanctions imposed against Russia after the annexation of Crimea expire in July. Some countries, such as Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, and Italy believe that the restrictions should be lifted. Others, such as Poland, the Baltic countries, the UK, and Sweden believe that the sanctions should be maintained.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Rafal Trzaskowski hopes he will manage to convince all the countries to maintain the anctions.

"We hope that the heads of state and government will make a decision and we will speak unanimously on the subject of sanctions and their maintenance until the Minsk Agreement is fully implemented. The sanctions are not a goal in itself, but a means to implement the Minsk agreements. Therefore, one thing has to be closely linked to another," added Trzaskowski.

In Brussels, the European leaders are expected to adopt the recommendation of the leaders of Germany and France stating that lifting of sanctions will only be possible when the truce is fully respected. In practice, this will mean the continuation of sanctions until December because the Minsk agreements foresee the transfer of control over the Ukrainian borders to Ukraine before the end of the year.