• EU faces ‘difficult’ talks on Russia sanctions: Germany

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    RIGA: Germany said Thursday the EU was facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine due to the increased resistance of some member states, and denied that a new Cold War was afoot. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Baltic News Service (BNS) “we are aware that resistance in the EU to extending the sanctions towards Russia has increased. “It will be more difficult than it was last year to find a common position on this issue,” he added. “What will be the situation at the end of the month when a decision is taken on sanctions? I don’t know,” he admitted, speaking in the Latvian capital Riga. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a German daily last week she expects an extension of the sanctions. Steinmeier did not single out specific EU countries resisting continued sanctions, but Italy and Hungary have been among the most skeptical while Poland and the Baltic states have repeatedly pressed for maintaining pressure on Moscow.

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