Sanctions against Russia should be prolonged by 12 not 6 months: FM

Poland wants sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia to be prolonged not by six but by 12 months, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.

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The Foreign Minister said at a press conference that should the EU accept such a solution, then it would not have to return to the problem every six months. He added that Poland's position on this matter has been backed by the Baltic States.

Poland also proposes imposing sanctions on people responsible for issuing Russian passports to inhabitants of the Ukrainian region of Donbas, Mr Czaputowicz said.

Economic sanctions against Russia were introduced following its aggression on Ukraine. The measures target the financial, energy and defence sectors, and the area of dual-use goods. They were originally introduced in July 2014 and strengthened in September that year.

The current period of sanctions ends on July 31.