Will the EU prolong economic sanctions against Russia?

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Series Details 16.05.16
Publication Date 16/05/2016
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Will they or won’t they? EU sanctions on Russia are up for renewal again in the summer of 2016. And Brussels is increasingly playing its favourite parlour game of guessing whether the sanctions will be extended.

European politicians of every stripe, most recently in the French National Assembly, have grumbled about the sanctions since they were imposed on Russia two years ago. This has raised the prospect of the EU’s unity on Russia falling apart and sanctions not being extended – in spite of negligible progress on implementation of the Minsk agreement and increased fighting in Donbas.

But despite this vocal opposition, it’s looking likely that the sanctions will be renewed when leaders meet at the European Council on 28-29 June 2016.

Source Link http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_will_the_eu_prolong_economic_sanctions_against_russia_this_7026
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ESO: Key Source: EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis http://www.europeansources.info/record/eu-sanctions-against-russia-over-ukraine-crisis/
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Reuters, 19.05.16: EU seen on track to extend economic sanctions on Russia: sources http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-eu-russia-idUSKCN0YA134
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