European diplomats confirmed his words to DPA press agency. Now this intention should be formalized. The next meeting of EU foreign ministers is scheduled for Dec. 14.
The validity of economic sanctions against Moscow, imposed for the first time by the European Union in July 2014 due to the conflict in the east of Ukraine, expires on Jan. 31. Their lifting is contingent on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Personal sanctions against Russians and Ukrainians, as well as against certain legal entities in connection with the annexation of Crimea and the events in the Donbas stay effective until March 15, 2016.
Restrictive measures imposed due to the annexation of Crimea (apply to the import of Crimea-made goods to the EU, investments in Crimea's real estate and tourism) expire on June 23, 2016.