“The issue has been put on the agenda of the meeting,” a source told RIA Novosti, adding that a decision on the sanctions’ extension could be taken the same day in the form of a written procedure.
Last week, Italy called on the EU members to debate the extension of the anti-Russian sanctions at the EU summit on December 17-18, rather than “automatically” prolonging them for another six months.
In 2014, the European Union and the United States imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations.
The EU economic sanctions are due to expire on January 31.