Having convened for an extraordinary session on 29 January, the European Union Foreign Affairs Council decided to extend current sanctions against Moscow. New restrictions against Russia will be imposed only if the situation in eastern Ukraine does not improve or deteriorates. Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius has called the decision an optimal one.
Linas Linkevičius
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