(QHA) -

The European Union has formally adopted new sanctions against Russia that would go into force in the next few days.

European Council President Van Rompuy said in a statement that the package of sanctions, which deepens targeted measures announced in July, was adopted through written procedure.

The news came after member states delayed a procedure that reportedly would have automatically triggered the punitive measures on September 9.

EU ambassadors gathered in Brussels to discuss the issue amid east Ukraine conflict, where Ukrainian forces fight pro-Russian separatists.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on September 8 that Western airlines could be banned from Russian airspace "if there are sanctions related to the energy sector, or further restrictions on Russia's financial sector.”

QHA