EU states fail to approve new sanctions against Russia

11 September 2014 09:28
(QHA) -

Diplomats say European Union envoys have failed to reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

The new measures were agreed by EU leaders late on September 5 on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales.

The diplomats said that Germany was pushing to have the sanctions implemented, but several other EU countries wanted to hold off on September 10 because a cease-fire in Ukraine was holding.

According to the diplomats, new talks will take place on September 11.

EU diplomats said that countries with close ties to Russia such as Italy, Austria, and Finland are reluctant to implement the new sanctions.

EU diplomats said, however, that the general idea was still for the sanctions to be implemented through publication in the official journal of the European Union on September 12.