For Ukraine, EU Sanctions on Russia Hang in the Balance

Mar 21, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) hopes to persuade the European Union to renew sanctions against Russia -- set to expire in July -- at their next vote on the matter.
(JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

As an EU vote on the future of sanctions on Russia approaches, Ukraine is busy lobbying the Continental bloc to maintain a hard line against Moscow. On March 17, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with several EU leaders and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Brussels. During the meeting, the Ukrainian leader urged against easing sanctions. Over the next few months, Ukraine will likely employ various tactics as it attempts to keep the European Union united against Russia when sanctions come up for review in July. In doing so, however, Kiev will face a number of domestic and foreign policy challenges....

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