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European Union slaps new, stronger sanctions on Russia
European Union slaps new, stronger sanctions on Russia

The 28-nation European Union agreed Tuesday on stronger economic sanctions against Russia amid ongoing anger concerning the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the great majority of whose passengers were Europeans. As expected, the sanctions -- to be outlined in detail Wednesday -- will target selected sectors of the Russian economy, including energy, finance and defense. New arms deals, exports of energy and oil-drilling technologies, and sales of items with both civilian and military applications will be forbidden. Access by Russian state-owned banks to Europe’s capital markets will also be restricted, which could have a ripple effect...

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