Fresh sanctions await Russia in the new year
The European Union is likely to extend its sanctions on Russia over aggression in Donbas and Crimea annexation, Reuters has learned from its diplomatic sources.
European officials are set to make this decision in December, weeks before U.S. president-elect Donald Trump steps into his office.
Trump, who is considered a possible obstacle to prolonging or extending fresh sanctions on Russia because of his allegedly pro-Russian statements, has alarmed many in the EU apparatus, the agency notes.
In order to avoid possible policy shift towards Russia at a crucial moment, the EU is expected to extend its sanctions during the Brussels meeting next month, the five diplomats told Reuters.
"The roll-over in December should still happen. There is no change on the ground in Ukraine ... there is really no argument not to extend them," a European diplomat has been quoted as saying.
A pack of sanctions was imposed by the EU on Russia in 2014 over its involvement in the Donbas war and annexation of Crimea. Since that time, limitations regime was extended and prolonged several times every six months.
To get the sanctions extended, the EU officials need a unanimous approval by all member nations.