On Friday, a high-level representative of the European Union affirmed that the European Council will not discuss the extension of sanction against Russian Federation during the meeting of next Monday. The source noted that the EU has time to make a decision on the matter until January 31 when sanctions are scheduled to expire. According to the source, the extension of economic sanctions is unlikely to be included in the agenda of the EU summit scheduled to be held in Brussels on 15th and 16th of December. On September 15, the European Union extended the ban of Russian and Ukrainian citizens and organizations for six months. The EU blacklist includes Russian officials, politicians, businessmen and law enforcement officers as well as almost all government members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic.