Tusk said the situation 'was clear' now, and the position of the EU is that the sanctions against Russia should be linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sanctions will be prolonged, he said, possibly before the meeting of the European Council.
The president of the European Council said the issue was not controversial.
As reported, the EU, U.S. and other countries introduced sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to its occupation of Crimea and aggression in the east of Ukraine, which have been repeatedly extended since then. Talks about a visa-free regime and new cooperation agreement were put on hold. Certain Russian officials were banned from the EU with their assets having been frozen. The sanction list includes 151 person and 37 companies. Sectoral sanctions have affected 20 Russian financial, oil and defense agencies.
In August 2014, Russia introduced a package of retaliatory measures against the EU, U.S., Australia, Canada and Norway. The so-called "countersanctions" banned the import of fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products from these countries for a period of one year.