European leaders meet on tougher sanctions for Russia

European leaders are gathering in Brussels for a special weekend meeting to discuss tougher sanctions on Russia after financial and visa restrictions were imposed on 21 Russian and Crimean officials. Moscow meanwhile proceeds toward sealing Crimea’s annexation to Russia and strengthening it as a military base. On the EU council’s table are proposals to target political and military figures close to Vladimir Putin, who were avoided in the first round. The third round is planned to include economic measures.

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