EU Council not to raise issue of additional sanctions against Russia at meeting on April 16

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BRUSSELS – The EU Council will discuss Russia in Luxembourg on April 16 in the light of the situation in Syria and around the Salisbury incident, but the issue of additional sanctions is not on the agenda so far, a high-ranking European diplomat told journalists on condition of anonymity on Friday.

I do not think that the high representative (of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini) will raise the issue of sanctions, he told the media.

He answered the question in such a way whether the EU Council would extend sanctions for a period of more than six months in connection with its position with respect to Russia or toughen them in some other way.

He explained the order of the current EU sanctions against Russia and expressed doubt that the EU Council would deal with this issue on Monday.

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