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EU plans to discuss sanctions against Russia, aid to Ukraine next week

November 11, 2014, 13:48 UTC+3 BERLIN
Russia’s EU envoy Vladimir Chizhov told TASS earlier in the day that sanctions imposed on Russia are expected to be considered at an EU ministerial meeting next week
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BERLIN, November 11. /TASS/. The European Union's new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday the EU is due to discuss on November 17 plans to impose new sanctions against Moscow and how to help Ukraine.

"Next week we will have a ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday and there will be a discussion there, but I would say not just on whether to increase the sanctions but most of all how to support Ukraine in these difficult times," Mogherini said at the opening of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum.

Russia’s EU envoy Vladimir Chizhov told TASS earlier in the day that sanctions imposed on Russia are expected to be considered at an EU ministerial meeting next week. A consensus of all the 28 member states is needed to extend sanctions or revise them.

The Russian diplomat said the fact that sanctions are ineffective and far-fetched is becoming more and more obvious and the bloc has nearly exhausted its sanctions potential.

Chizhov has not ruled out that the EU could blacklist some officials from current leadership of Donetsk and Luhansk republics after the November 2 polls, but these measures are not directly linked to Russia.

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