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EU leaders feted Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk, while likening Russia's behaviour to WWII-era Germany, Milosevic-era Yugoslavia, and Iran (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

EU leaders freeze Russia visa talks, threaten trade sanctions

EU leaders have suspended talks on visa-free travel with Russia and threatened asset freezes and economic sanctions if the situation in Ukraine gets worse.

The immediate cost of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea - described by UK Prime Minister David Cameron as “the one thing the Russians want more than anything with the EU” - is no quick prospect of Russian people visiting Europe without visas.

EU leaders also shelved talks on a new bilateral treaty with Russia, but these h...

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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 feted Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk, while likening Russia's behaviour to WWII-era Germany, Milosevic-era Yugoslavia, and Iran (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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