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Expert: New sanctions on Russia not to change situation radically

The international position is "not to provoke Putin", the expert suggested.

New sanctions against Russian officials are necessary but will not change the situation radically, a co-director of foreign policy and international security programmes at Razumkov Centre, Oleksiy Melnyk, has said during an expert survey by Gorshenin Institute.

"If this crime perpetrated by the Russian authorities receives no response, Putin's regime will be issued with yet another carte blanche," he said.

Melnyk suggested that the EU was unlikely to approve the so-called "Savchenko list" of sanctions with the Russian president on top of it. "Unfortunately, today everyone still follows the wrong judgment: not to provoke Putin."