EU Ukraine Meeting Ends Without Decision, Due to Resume Tomorrow

European Union ambassadors ended a meeting about the Ukrainian crisis without a verdict on whether and when to trigger further sanctions against Russia, an EU official said.

The diplomats from the 28 EU countries plan to resume their deliberations on the matter tomorrow morning in Brussels, the official said on the usual condition of anonymity.

The talks in Brussels follow the EU’s abrupt decision this week to put on hold for at least a “few days” a second package of penalties against Russia over its encroachment in Ukraine. The delay offered more time to assess the viability of a truce without risking further trade retaliation by Russia. President Vladimir Putin denies any Russian government involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

The planned sanctions, originally due to be published in the Official Journal yesterday, include barring some Russian state-owned defense and energy companies from raising capital in the EU, according to a European official who spoke on the usual condition of anonymity.

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