During the meeting of EU leaders, which will be held on October 18 in Brussels, Italy will propose to resume the financing of small and medium-sized private businesses in Russia that have no ties with the Kremlin, Radio Liberty reported, citing its own sources.
So, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte allegedly intends to offer the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to continue the practice that existed before the introduction of sanctions in 2014.
At the same time, according to the interlocutor of Radio Liberty, the proposal of Italy may not be adopted at the October meeting of the European Union. However, there is a chance that it will be supported during the meeting in December, when the EU leaders are to vote on extending sanctions against Russia.
Earlier, in September the EU extended personal sanctions against Russia for six months. 44 companies involved in the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine fell under the sanctions. At the same time, the EU extended the visa ban to 155 individuals.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine, Jan Pieklo, said that Russia would withdraw from the annexed Crimea, if it is unable to withstand Western sanctions. In turn, Warsaw, according to him, remains a staunch supporter of the Ukrainian Crimea.
Source: Radio Liberty