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Hollande and Merkel in Minsk - EU diplomats expect them to take a lead in sanctions talks (Photo: kremlin.ru)

Two options on Russia sanctions at EU summit

Economic sanctions on Russia are likely to be extended shortly after Thursday’s (19 March) summit or in June despite objections, diplomats say.

The leaders’ draft conclusions, dated Monday (16 March) and seen by EUobserver, still have a blank space on the thorny subject.

But diplomatic sources say pre-summit consultations have narrowed down two options.

The first is to announce already this week that the measures, which expire in July, will be rolled over until the end o...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Hollande and Merkel in Minsk - EU diplomats expect them to take a lead in sanctions talks (Photo: kremlin.ru)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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