Mogerini: EU Council unanimously approves extension of sanctions against Russia
European Union foreign minister unanimously approved the extension of sanctions on Russia for Moscow’s failure to improve the situation in eastern Ukraine and to observe the Minsk agreements, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on Thursday.
She said that the position of Greece's new Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias was constructive – there had been worries that Greece might block the move, given the close ties some of its new government’s ministers have with Moscow.
Mogherini, speaking in Brussels at a press conference after the extraordinary session of the European Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday, said that she had spoken on Wednesday with the Greek minister about the draft conclusions of the European Council.
"Today, he represented the position of the Greek Government, but his approach was very constructive and dedicated to searching for and retaining unity in the EU. This is what we have to note," Mogherini said.
According to Mogherini, the discussion was very fruitful and the decision was taken unanimously.
As UNIAN reported earlier, in its conclusions, the EU Foreign Affairs Council have extended until September individual sanctions imposed against individuals and entities for threatening or undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and asked to extend the "black list".
On the eve of the meeting, European media reported that the new ultra-left government of Greece did not officially support the EU statement condemning Russia for its aggression against Ukraine and calls for the strengthening of sanctions.