No EU sanctions on Russia over Aleppo bombing


The European Union has backed away from an October threat to impose sanctions on Russia over the bombing of Aleppo despite an intensification of Moscow’s air campaign and accusations by France that the Kremlin is lying in peace talks.

Foreign ministers on Monday avoided any discussion of punitive measures on Moscow, in an apparent reluctance to make good on a pledge by EU leaders at a summit on October 21 to consider “all available options, should the current atrocities continue.”

“Governments that support sanctions still want them, but those that resist have not changed their position,” said an EU diplomat, citing Greece, Hungary and Cyprus as the main obstacles for sanctions to be agreed, which requires unanimity.