EU leaders agree to extend economic sanctions on Russia

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Reuters Staff

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Friday to extend their economic sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea from Kiev and backing rebels fighting government troops in east Ukraine, an EU official said.

The decision, which will be formally confirmed in the coming days, will prolong EU’s curbs on doing business with Russian banking, financial and energy sectors for six months until the end of January.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska

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