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EU Keeps Russia Sanctions in Place

European Union envoys decided to keep in place several rounds of sanctions the bloc imposed on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and what the West says is Moscow’s direct support of separatists in the country’s east.

“We are keeping the status quo,” one official said after EU ambassadors, meeting Tuesday in Brussels, reviewed the implementation of a cease-fire agreement signed between Kyiv and the separatists earlier this month.

Officials did note “encouraging developments… in the political process and in the implementation of some aspects of the Minsk Protocol,” EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said, but added that a permanent cease-fire was …read more

Source: Voice of America

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