"Nothing will change in relation to sanctions, since Germany remains key in this issue… The British referendum will not change the current situation. I see no changes in the upcoming months. But I hear more and more dissatisfaction from many people, and I hope that it will help to change the policy, which is not shared by everyone," Prodi said.
He added that despite the overall tiredness with the sanctions, "no one has bravery to make a decision to stop this policy."
Europe has introduced several rounds of sanctions on Russia since 2014, as Brussels accused Moscow of fueling the Ukrainian crisis. The restrictions targeted Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors. Moscow has denied involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and retaliated with a food embargo.