A summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on July 16 is being touted as a major opportunity for the 28-nation bloc to expand sanctions against Russia in response to its alleged promotion of instability in Ukraine. Nevertheless, few expect it to seize the chance.
The EU has levied asset freezes and travel bans against a number of figures and two companies involved in the Ukrainian crisis. Another 11 names – mostly leaders of the two self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Luhansk – were added to the list on July 12, bringing the total to 72 individuals.
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