According to Ulyukayev, Moscow will extend retaliatory sanctions if the European countries do the same. “If the European Union maintains the sanctions, of course, we will maintain ours,” the Head of the Department said, Joinfo.ua reports.
Ulyukayev believes that the anti-Russian sanctions should not be toughened, because it will be difficult for Europe to reach consensus on this issue. “I’m talking about the European Union alone: most EU member states have faced a lot of negativity due to the imposition of sanctions, the business is suffering, the feeling that this path is dead-end and non-productive, does not solve any of the problems, and creates a lot of additional problems not only in business, but also in the governmental circles,” the minister said.
He suggests that “for the initiators of such a toughening it will be extremely difficult to achieve consensus.”
It should be recalled that on June 7, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed upon the extension of the sanctions regime against Russia. The validity of the sanctions will be linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia and respect for sovereignty of Ukraine.