brussels - The European Union has extended the trade sanctions against Russia for six months. Which were due to expire on January 31, but now remain in force until July 31 2016, the 28 member states decided Friday in Brussels at the official level. That diplomats reported Friday. Ministers will formally approve the decision early next year.
Western sanctions imposed over two years ago due to the Russian intervention in the conflict in Ukraine. The EU demands that Russia fully implements Minsk peace plan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as far as getting them to contribute to a solution to the conflict. Only then there is a view of easing economic sanctions.