EU foreign ministers agree to extend current Russian sanctions, no new sanctions

The meeting of EU foreign ministers (AFP/Scanpix)
1/30/2015 11:01 AM
Category: Politics

EU foreign ministers have agreed to extend sanctions against Russia until September, at an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

“We, the foreign ministers, gave the European Commission and the foreign service the task to prepare additional means to increase pressure,” Estonian FM Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.

She said preparations will provide the heads of state, who are due to meet on February 12, with concrete list of possible further measures against Russia.

The extraordinary meeting was called after the attacks on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which killed 30 civilians, and the escalation in battles in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. The foreign ministers condemned the attacks.

Pentus-Rosimannus said Estonia is prepared to help Ukraine with 2.35 million euros this year.

J.M. Laats

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