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EU working 'swiftly' on tougher Russia Ukraine sanctions

A picture shows debris at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk, on July 25, 2014The European Union is making swift progress on adopting much tougher economic sector sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said Friday. After discussions on broadening the sanctions from the current mix of asset freezes and travel bans, the legal instruments required to give effect to the new punitive measures will be taken up Tuesday, they said. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, “will swiftly table the necessary legislative proposals in all areas identified” by member states earlier this week, a statement said. “There is an agreement in principle on the package of economic sanctions,” an EU diplomatic source said, adding that “a couple of details still have to be discussed” on Tuesday.

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