MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, European Council President Donald Tusk said that the European Union should extend sanctions against Russia due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine as well as Russia's actions in Syria.
"Head of the European Council Donald Tusk could not be characterized by ability to correct mistakes. The EU sanctions policy against Russia is a continuous series of mistakes, which does not move [the European Union] closer to its set goals – to have an impact on Russia, to create difficulties for the Russian economy, leading politicians and businessmen, to make it easier to find solution for a conflict in Ukraine," Kosachev told RIA Novosti on Monday.
Earlier this month, different European politicians, including Germany's Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries Gernot Erler spoke about introduction of restrictions against Russia over its role in the Syrian conflict, which had aggravated in recent weeks.
On Saturday, the Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) also called on Brussels to impose sanctions on Russia over its actions during the anti-terror campaign in the Middle Eastern nation.