At press-conference, concluding the EU Summit, German chancellor Angela Merkel announced prolongation of sanctions regime against Russia for next six months.
The legal procedure will be launched on Friday (16/12/2016), and fulfilled by written the beginning of the next week. According to the EU diplomats there are no changes or additions in the text of the document, but dates.
The launch of the legal procedure means the political consensus reached among the EU leaders on the issue, achieved on the Summit 15th December 2017.
DEPECHE from cancellor Merkel press-conference, EU Council, Brussels