Russia risks escalation of EU sanctions, German government source says
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Germany is not disinclined to slap more European Union sanctions on Moscow if pro-Russian separatists make further military gains in eastern Ukraine, Bloomberg reports quoting a source familiar with German government policy.
With the September 30 review of EU sanctions against Russia approaching, the Baltic states are among several countries interested in maintaining the pressure on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis. However, Baltic nations are also operating under significant constraints, including the region's economic ties to Russia and the competing interests of larger EU countries that want to improve relations with Moscow.
Japan said on Wednesday it was imposing additional sanctions on Russia because of its involvement in the Ukraine conflict and that it had also formally protested at the visit to a contested island by an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Reuters reports.
The European Union could review sanctions it has imposed on Russia on 30 September, according to an EU source who spoke to the Russian daily Kommersant. The issue might be taken up by permanent representatives of the EU member states in Brussels later this month.
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.