"None of the EU members demands lifting of the sanctions," Reuters quotes the diplomat, who spoke under the terms of confidentiality.
His assessment of the situation is shared by his other colleagues.
"The sanctions withdrawal now would be an absolutely wrong move," another diplomat said, explaining that the situation in the east of Ukraine is not conducive to this at all.
Evropeiska Pravda interlocutors share this assessment. At the same time, they do not consider the possibility of sanctions' strengthening if the current situation remains the same.
"The imposition of sanctions was the right move, but it is too early to talk about their strengthening," one of the Western European countries' Ministry of Foreign Affairs governing official said.
Recall, EvroPravda reported that the foreign ministers of the EU member states do not plan to make any decisions on sanctions against Russia at the meeting in Luxembourg Oct. 20.
In addition, Prime Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb said that he considers the lifting of sanctions against Russia to be unlikely.