EU extends sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks with journalists as he arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. European Union leaders are gathering in Brussels and are set to move Brexit talks into a new phase as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May over her plans to take Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

BRUSSELS — The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia because of the stalled peace process in Ukraine.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said at Thursday's summit of the 28 EU leaders that they were "united on the roll-over of economic sanctions on Russia."

The EU has been largely unsuccessful with its efforts to push Russian President Vladimir Putin into making sure pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine end the conflict there.

The sanctions are just one part of a raft of measures the EU has imposed on Russia for its role in the conflict in Ukraine and misuse of Ukrainian state funds.

Thursday's extension had been widely expected.

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