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Russia will stay under sanctions until July 2017 - EU prolongs restrictive measures
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EU leaders agreed that there's no considerable moving towards real peace in Donbas, so the sanctions against Russia must be extended again

The European Union has extended its sanctions imposed on Russia until July 31, 2017, Uatoday reports.

This decision has been agreed on Thursday during EU nation leaders meeting in Brussels.

The economic sanctions have been imposed on Russia in 2014 over its involvement in the conflict in Donbas and Crimea annexation. According to the EU officials, the sanctions can be lifted only if Russia stops its aggression against Ukraine, in particular, fulfil its obligations under Minsk agreement.

Earlier High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said that economic restrictions are aiming to incline Russia to implement the Minsk peace agreements.

Also European Commission President Juncker saw no arguments for lifting sanctions against Russia.

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