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EU leaders on Thursday hold minute's silence for victims of the Tunisia attack (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

EU to keep Russia sanctions until next year

EU leaders have decided to maintain economic sanctions on Russia until the end of the year.

They said in a joint statement on Thursday (19 March) in Brussels the “restrictive measures against the Russian Federation … should be clearly linked to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, bearing in mind that this is only foreseen by 31 December 2015”.

The Minsk accords, negotiated by France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine last month, envisage 13 measures over the next nine ...

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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.

EU leaders on Thursday hold minute's silence for victims of the Tunisia attack (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

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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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