EU Agrees to Extend Anti-Russia Sanctions, Awaits Formal Decision – Source

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The European Union has agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia until late January 2017, a source in the European Union Council told Sputnik Tuesday, adding that the Council still has to make a formal decision on the matter.

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Divisive Issue: EU Split Over Prolonging Sanctions Against Russia
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The EU leaders summit is scheduled for June 28-29. Extending the EU economic sanctions against Russia, which are due to expire in July, is likely to be on the summit's agenda.

“Yes. But it still needs a formal Council decision,” the source said, when asked whether the bloc has agreed to extend the sanctions.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated amid the 2014 crisis in Ukraine. The European Union, the United States and their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russian sanctions since the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014, accusing Moscow of meddling in the Ukrainian conflict, a claim Russian authorities have repeatedly denied.

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