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EU Council’s session on Jan 19 to abstain from decisions on sanctions against Russia

January 14, 2015, 14:55 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
A decision regarding the issue of sanctions against Russia will be made in March, a European diplomatic source told TASS
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BRUSSELS, January 14. /TASS/. There will be no decisions made on the issue of Western sanctions against Russia at this year’s first EU Council session at a level of foreign ministers, scheduled for January 19 in Brussels, a European diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday.

The source said that Russia will be discussed during the Council’s session, however, such questions as whether sanctions in regard to Russia should be eased, prolonged or cancelled will not be on the agenda.

He added that a decision regarding the issue of sanctions against Russia would be made in March.

The West started imposing sanctions on Russia since March 2014 over the events in Ukraine. First, an early EU summit stalled the talks on a visa-free regime and a new base agreement on Russia-EU cooperation. Further on, the sanctions were grouped into three categories — individual, corporate and sectoral.

By the beginning of September, some 420 Russian individuals and 143 companies had been put on the sanction lists of the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and Norway.

The sectoral sanctions imposed for a term of one year include an embargo on the supply of arms to Russia and the importation of Russian weapons and related materials, a ban on the delivery of dual-purpose products and technologies to Russia, as well as innovative technologies for Russia’s oil extracting industry.

In mid-September, the European Union published new sanctions against Russia in its official journal.

Russia fully banned from August 7, 2014 the imports of meat, fish, cheeses, milk, vegetables and fruits from western countries that had imposed economic sanctions against Russian citizens and companies.

The countries that have slapped sanctions against Russia include the European Union member states, Norway, the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. Russia’s food imports from these countries amounted to $9.1 billion in 2013, according to the Federal Customs Service, of which the EU accounted for 66%

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