"In the EU there has been a growing consensus for the past two weeks at top decision-making levels on the need to search for a mechanism of getting out of this situation," Antonio Fallico said, adding that he did not know if the sanctions, which expire in January 2016, would remain in place or be lifted.
Fallico said that progress made during Normandy talks in Paris earlier this month contributed to the general positive mood within the EU leaders regarding the sanctions policy.
On October 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Paris to discuss the Ukraine crisis and the implementation of the Minsk deals. Even though no new agreements were signed, the talks set a positive tone, according to Merkel.
The European Union, the United States and their allies imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on Moscow in 2014 over Russia's alleged participation in Ukraine’s conflict. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.