European Union leaders condemned Russia early on Friday for the bombing of civilians in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo, but met resistance from Italy to impose new sanctions against Moscow over what Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel had called "war crimes".

The leaders failed to agree on a tough joint statement sending a clear message to Moscow that it could face punitive measures for the atrocities.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whose country has broad trade ties with Russia, sa...

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