Disinfo: The EU is preparing to lift anti-Russian sanctions

Summary

The EU is preparing to lift anti-Russian sanctions.

Disproof

On March 10 the European Council extended until 15 September 2016 EU restrictive measures against 146 people and 37 companies, in view of the continuing undermining or threatening of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (bit.ly/1SUhHZO), . Following the Foreign Affairs Council on 14 March 2016, the HRVP recalled that the implementation of the Minsk agreements is a key condition for any substantial change in the EU's stance towards Russia (bit.ly/22cDUNo), .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 24
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/04/2016
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: EU, War in Ukraine, State oppression, Ethnic Russians

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Nazism thrives in Lithuania, where the rights of Russian speakers are continuously violated.

Disproof

One of the criteria the European Council set out for EU membership at the Copenhagen Summit in 1993 was "that the candidate country has achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the respect for and protection of minorities". Before joining the EU, Lithuania was subjected to intensive scrutiny by the EU institutions aiming to ensure the rights of the Russian minority (bit.ly/1SKeBvX), .