Expect no sanctions reprieve from Russia visit – Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) speaks as Association of the Mayors of France (AMF) president and Troyes mayor Francois Baroin listens on May 31, 2016 at the Parc des expositions in ParisEuropean Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday warned against expecting any announcement on the lifting of EU sanctions on Russia when he visits the country in mid-June. EU leaders must decide by the end of June whether to prolong the sanctions they imposed on Russia over the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which run out in July. Juncker will attend an economic forum in Saint Petersburg on June 16, where he will meet with President Vladimir Putin.

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