EU to prolong anti-Russian sanctions - EU ambassador to Russia
The sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia over the situation in Ukraine are likely to be prolonged in late 2018, Markus Ederer, Head of the EU Delegation to Russia, said in an interview with Interfax.
"My assessment is that there is a lack of political will to implement these Minsk Agreements, and particularly the last one, from February 2015, on both sides. And there are violations of both the letter and the spirit of the Minsk Agreements on both sides," Ederer said.
In this situation, "I would, in fact, expect the roll-over of the economic sanctions against Russia by the end of the year," he said.
As for the restoration of relations with Russia in general "the restoration of the EU-Russia relations - this negative development concerning the conflict in Ukraine is compounded by other recent developments," he said.
All these cases do "not help the restoration of EU-Russian relations to a normal level," Ederer said.
The possibility of restoration of the relationship is being compounded by the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal with a toxic agent and an attempted cyber attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons office in The Hague, Ederer said.
The full interview will be published on the www.interfax.com website.