30 Aug 2016
The European Union imposed energy, financial and defense sanctions on Moscow after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in March 2014 and agreed in June to extend them until the end of January.
Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, called on the EU to end the sanctions after meeting President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, saying they had harmed both the EU and Russia but influenced “absolutely nothing”.
“My immediate reaction to comments like that is that if we have reached absolutely nothing, then let’s add more sanctions,” Lithuania’s Linas Linkevicius told Reuters during a visit to Norway.
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