EU leaders agree to extend economic sanctions on Russia

From left : Malta's Prime Minister Jospeh Muscat, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev and France's President Francois Hollande chat before for a family picture during an European Union summit on February 3, 2017 in Valletta, Malta. European Union leaders will try to rally together to revive the beleaguered bloc at a special summit in Malta Friday in the face of "threats" from migration, Brexit and Donald Trump. It is the latest in a series of crisis meetings since Britain voted to leave the EU last June, but fears about the new US president have strengthened the sense that the bloc is now at a decisive moment in its history. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


Zainab Sa’id