EU Union official: The European Union will not lift its sanctions against Russia until the Russian president has fulfilled the promises made in his May 2016 visit to Israel, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.
In a statement to reporters Thursday, Mogherin said she had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 25 that Moscow was ready to fulfill its commitments and that he should go to Israel and speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.EU and U.S. sanctions against Moscow are set to expire on May 19, but the bloc has vowed to continue to impose further sanctions against the Russian government.
Lavrov is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on May 26.
In addition to the lifting of sanctions, Moghein said the EU had expressed “serious concerns” over the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and that Russia must comply with the Budapest Memorandum that commits it to cease all violations of international law.
Mogherin’s statement came as Russia said Thursday that its foreign minister will travel to Europe for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday.
The EU, which has been under pressure from U.N. sanctions to rein in its relations with Russia, has accused Moscow of undermining democracy and human rights in the country.
Russia has denied the accusations.