“I do not expect a decision on the matter on Monday,” the EU source told RIA Novosti.
A number of EU leaders, including the union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, have stated that sanctions against Russia are to be lifted if the Minsk agreements on Ukraine are observed and the situation in the conflict-torn Donbas region stabilizes. On Tuesday, President of the European Council Donald Tusk stated that the EU will review the current anti-Russia sanctions in March.
Kiev authorities and eastern Ukrainian militia signed a ceasefire deal and a memorandum outlining its implementation in September 2014 as an outcome of the Minsk talks brokered by Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Both sides have since blamed each other for numerous ceasefire violations.
Russian authorities have firmly denied any involvement in Ukraine’s internal affairs. In August, Moscow responded to the restrictive measures with a one-year ban on certain food imports from the countries that had introduced sanctions against it.