13:11 Aug. 27, 2016
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.
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