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EU states to look into options to improve Russia relations, leaving sanctions in place

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European Union heads of state and government are to consider ways to improve relations with Russia as some member states are increasingly sceptical over official- and company-specific sanctions.

Reuters reports that a number of European companies including German engineering giant Siemens and French retailer Auchan have discovered ways to get around the punitive sanctions regime in Russian-annexed Crimea.

EU leaders plan to will review the state of relations with Russia at a summit on October 20 to 21 as countries skeptical about extending sanctions include Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Slovakia and Hungary and are keen to return to doing business with Russia.

«It will be increasingly difficult to go on extending the sanctions. But this could be done if the key skeptics are convinced that there are other elements in the EU’s policy on Russia, not just sanctions,» an unnamed senior EU official told Reuters.

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