European Union diplomats agreed on Tuesday to extend and scale up economic sanctions against Russia for six months until January 2017.

The current programme was set to expire in July.

The EU imposed its first sanctions against Russia in July 2014 in response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine. Sanctions include the financial, defense, and energy sectors. Furthermore, EU member states are not allowed to import products, invest, or buy and sell tourist service...

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