“I hope so,” Linkeviсius said, in response to whether EU foreign ministers would extend sanctions against Russia this week.
He added that he had not heard EU foreign ministers were against extending the sanctions.
British foreign minister Philip Hammond said on Friday it was important to maintain sanctions on Russia, whereas Denmark's Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard told Sputnik in an interview that relief of Western sanctions is possible if the Ukrainian conflict de-escalates.
Since Kiev launched a military operation in southeastern Ukraine in April 2014, Ukraine and the European Union have repeatedly accused Russia of interference in Ukraine's internal affairs by aiding the independence supporters in Donbas. The European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions on Moscow amid the accusations.
Russia has firmly denied any involvement in Ukraine's internal conflict, and has repeatedly called for and assisted in inter-Ukrainian dialogue.