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U.S. and Europe downplay likelihood of new sanctions

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2015

….despite Ukraine rebel gains

Moscow Times

1st March, 2015

WASHINGTON — The United States and the European Union are unlikely to widen economic sanctions on Russia if a tentative cease-fire emerging in eastern Ukraine takes hold, Western diplomats said on Friday.

Despite repeatedly saying that new U.S. or EU sanctions on Russia as well as U.S. lethal assistance for Ukraine remain on the table, neither Europe nor the United States would be eager to go forward if this week’s fragile calm is sustained, they added.

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