Hungary PM rules out automatic extension of EU’s anti-Russia sanctions

Economic sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) on Russia over its alleged role in the crisis in eastern Ukraine would not be extended automatically, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says.

Hungary PM rules out automatic extension of EU’s anti-Russia sanctions

Addressing Hungarian ambassadors in the capital, Budapest, on Monday, Orban said the EU is expected to hold discussions about whether Moscow has abided by the Minsk II agreement on Ukraine.

“At the end of the first half of the year, a serious debate can be expected within the EU about the fulfillment of the Minsk agreement,” Orban said.

“In other words, there won’t be an automatic extension of sanctions against Russia, and whatever decision we will make, that should be preceded by a calm and objective analysis about the Minsk agreement,” he added.

During peace talks in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk on February 11-12, 2015, the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine reached the Minsk II deal on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Ukraine’s front lines and a ceasefire, which officially went into effect on February 15. The two sides, however, have continued to engage in sporadic clashes.