EU likely to keep Russia sanctions after Merkel weighs in

March 19, 2015 12:40 PM

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EU likely to keep Russia sanctions after Merkel weighs in

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders look likely to keep economic sanctions on Russia in place until a Ukraine ceasefire deal is fully working, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday it would be wrong to ease pressure on Moscow prematurely.

EU governments have until now been divided on whether to act now to renew those sanctions, which expire in July.

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