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U.S., EU Said to Prepare to Keep Russian Sanctions Next Year

  • U.S., EU said to see Ukraine peace deal missing 2015 deadline
  • EU said to face hard debate, may have to drop some sanctions
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The European Union and the U.S. are preparing to keep sanctions against Russia in place in 2016 amid weakening prospects for implementing a peace agreement on Ukraine by the end of this year, according to EU and U.S. officials.

The leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are set to discuss extending the Minsk peace accord at a summit in Paris on Oct. 2, according to a person involved in Kremlin policy. Prolonging the truce means sanctions will stay, according to four German, French and U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue.