This was stated by President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite upon arrival at the year's last EU summit held in the Belgian capital, Censor.NET reports citing TASS.
"As for the sanctions, everything is already agreed. All member states realize that it is inevitable," she said noting that the formal procedure for the extension of the restrictive measures had already been initiated.
On Dec. 15, the EU leaders intend to take political decision to extend the economic sanctions against Russia for another six months as their current term expires Jan. 31, 2017.
In 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia following its occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced.
The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.
The Russian Federation introduced a package of retaliation restrictions against the EU, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruit, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one-year period.
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