News from Europe: Slovakian leader renews call for ending EU sanctions on Russia - RFE/RL

13:11 Aug. 27, 2016

Slovakian leader renews call for ending EU sanctions on Russia - RFE/RL

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, welcomes Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico at their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Aug. 25, 2016 (AP Photo)

EU imposed sanctions on Moscow after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico renewed his call for the European Union to end sanctions against Russia after a meeting this week with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Slovakia holds the rotating EU presidency and will host a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers next week.

He is one of several central European leaders opposed to continuing sanctions on Russia.

Read also No reason to lift EU sanctions against Russia - Merkel

The EU imposed energy, financial, and defense sanctions on Moscow after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014.

The sanctions have been extended repeatedly and are due to expire at the end of January. Full story 

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