EU on course to renew Russia sanctions barring Le Pen election win

EU on course to renew Russia sanctions barring Le Pen election winBy Gabriela Baczynska VALLETTA (Reuters) – The European Union will seek to renew economic sanctions against Russia when they expire at the end of July, encouraged by U.S. President Donald Trump’s unexpectedly frosty relations with Moscow, EU diplomats and officials said. The bloc imposed sanctions on Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and then backed separatist rebels in the east, helping drag relations between President Vladimir Putin and the West to a post-Cold War low. After Trump’s campaign promises of warmer ties with Moscow the EU’s resolve to remain united on the issue was seen being tested.



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