There will be no immediate policy change towards Russia from the European Union even if the United States will change its sanctions regime under incoming President Donald Trump.
Concerns on trade, security and Russia have dominated foreign policy talks in Brussels since Trump won the presidential election last week.
Six more Russia Duma Deputies from Crimea were added to the sanctions list last Tuesday. In September, EU decided to extend the asset freeze and travel bans against Russian officials for an additional six months.
In response, Moscow has imposed tit-for-tat sanctions with the EU, including import ban on seafood, agricultural products and dairy products.
Responsible for trade, Swedish EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has first-hand insight to both member states objections to prolonging sanctions and the consequences of Moscow’s counter-sanctions.