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EU plans more Russia sanctions

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European foreign ministers are considering further sanctions against Russia over the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, European Council (EC) President, Herman Van Rompuy, said.

putinVan Rompuy, who is at BrisbaneĀ for the G20 summit, said that European Union (EU) leaders would meet US President Barack Obama during the summit to discuss the Ukraine situation, Xinhua reported.

“Russia must stop the inflow of weapons and troops from its territory into Ukraine and it must withdraw those already present,” Van Rompuy told reporters.

Van Rompuy said EU foreign ministers would meet Monday to consider further actions against Russia.

“I want to restate that the EU continues to believe that there can only be political solution to the crisis. We will continue to use all diplomatic tools, including sanctions, at our disposal.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Brisbane Friday night and is expected to be confronted by Western leaders over his country’s support for pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine conflict, which has killed more than 4,000 people since April.

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