EU keeps Russia sanctions in place for now

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ambassadors have decided to keep Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia in place for the time being.

EU foreign affairs spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said ambassadors from the 28 EU countries agreed Tuesday that although there has been encouraging progress in bringing about an end to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, not enough has been done to justify rolling back sanctions.

Kiev and the West have asserted that Moscow is fueling the separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine by providing arms and personnel, something Russia denies.

The EU sanctions target sectors of the Russian economy, Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian officials, businesses and organizations.

Kocijancic said the EU will continue to monitor the situation and could propose to amend, suspend or repeal some or all of the sanctions, depending on developments.

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