Russia May Start to Selectively Lift Counter-Sanctions – Agriculture Minister

Russia imposed its sanctions in response to the measures introduced against it by Brussels, Washington and their allies in light of Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014 and due to Moscow’s alleged involvement in the internal Ukrainian conflict, a claim that Russia has repeatedly denied.

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Europe Extends Sanctions on Russia

Europe has extended economic sanctions on Russia for another six months, despite indications that President-elect Donald Trump could try to repair ties with Moscow.

The decision was confirmed by European Council President Donald Tusk, who said that some European Union member states had pushed for a longer 12-month extension of the punitive measures.

“Some of our colleagues would prefer maybe 12 months,” he said. “But it was clear from the very beginning that what was possible is to maintain our current format … for six months.”

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