Wednesday, June 1, 2016

EU "sanctions reflex" from US : Greece has opposed the automatic extension of anti-Russian sanctions

Athens has opposed the automatic extension of sanctions against Russia. All EU countries have to submit arguments “for” and “against” this decision. In an interview with RIA Novosti said Deputy foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Xidakis.

“We need to hear arguments from all sides, from countries that wish to extend the sanctions, as well as those who wish their cancellation and “warming” of relations with Russia. Then the arguments will speak for themselves,” said a senior diplomat.

May 31, Xidakis admitted the possibility of preserving the anti-Russian sanctions. “Can’t know the final decisions, however, suggest that the sanctions regime will be extended, but the result of serious discussion. And of course, sanctions are not forever,” said the Greek diplomat. Earlier, on April 26, he said that Athens will oppose the extension of the restrictions against Russia when discussing this issue in the European Union.

United States and several other countries, including member States of the EU, introduced in 2014, against Russia a few packages of sanctions after the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation, and also on the background of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. Restrictions on private individuals and legal entities and entire sectors of the economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against her. In June 2015, in response to the extension of the sanctions Moscow has prolonged the embargo until 5 August 2016.


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