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EC President Says Sanctions Against Russia Untimely for Change

EC President Says Sanctions Against Russia Untimely for Change

BRUSSELS - European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker said here Monday it is "not the time for change" concerning the sanctions the European Union imposed on Russia.
"We have taken our decisions, these decisions are valid, and when we have to come back to these decisions we will do so. But this is not the time for change," Juncker told a press conference after meeting with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.
Last December, the European Union extended the sanctions against Russia for another six months, until July 31, 2017. However, some European countries became unsettled as Trump hinted earlier this month that he could lift the sanctions against Russia if Moscow proved helpful in battling terrorists and reaching other goals important to the United States.
"We were discussing our relations -- the relations between the European Union and Russia -- in a not too intense way, but I do not think there are major divergences between the President (Trump) and the Commission when it comes to the sanctions against Russia," Juncker said.
The EU slapped the sanctions on Russia in July and September 2014 in response to an alleged role that Russia played in conflicts in east Ukraine. In July 2015, the EU extended the sanctions against Russia until Jan. 31, 2017. (Xinhua)