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 There is every reason to extend sanctions against Russia, Grybauskaite says

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite hopes the European Council will extend the sectoral sanctions for Russia imposed last July during its meeting that will be held in several weeks.

Grybauskaite told journalists in Vilnius, Censor.NET reports citing Delfy.

"There are really no reasons why the European policy direction should be changed. On the contrary, the military escalation continues and the Minsk Agreements are practically not implemented, and that's the basis for the extension of the sanctions for a longer period," Lithuanian president said.

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She refused, however, to speculate as to whether European leaders would decide to tighten the sanctions. It will depend on Russia's actions, Grybauskaite added.

In mid-July 2014, the European Union imposed sanctions against Russia's financial, arms and energy sectors for the country's involvement in war in Ukraine. They followed the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane which was shot down over eastern Ukraine. At the start of this week, EU foreign ministers extended the sanctions, imposed last March, against Russian citizens who are subject to restrictive measures. The latter sanctions were introduced after Russia annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

 
 
 
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