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Obama and his EU partners agree for one last time to extend anti-Russian sanctions over Ukraine crisis

Barack Obama and EU leaders have agreed to keep anti-Russian sanctions in place for a further year over the situation in Ukraine.

President Obama is visiting Europe for one last time, in an official capacity.

Obama is meeting with the leaders from Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK in order to make sure that the puppet leaders are still following the teleprompter president’s order to keep sanction against Russia in place over the crisis in Ukraine.

Obama of course got his wish, not that we were expected Merkel and Co. to grow a spine.

Perhaps the European leaders will need a good dose of Trump to scare them into acting on behalf of their country’s national interest. For the next two months of Obama’s lame duck term, sanctions will remain in place.

Topics on the agenda during the meeting were extending the sanctions against Russia, cooperation within the NATO, the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and possible new anti-Russian sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Syria.

The White House said in the statement…

“The leaders agreed on the necessity of working collectively to move the transatlantic agenda forward, particularly on bringing stabilization to the Middle East and North Africa, as well as securing diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine.”

“The leaders also affirmed the importance of continued cooperation through multilateral institutions, including NATO.”

RT reports on the Kremlin’s reaction to Obama’s White House statement…

Sanctions won’t stop Russia from improving its dialogue and ties with other countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“We [Russia] have never initiated sanctions. These [sanctions] don’t prevent us from building dialogue and continuing the dialogue on matters that are of interest to us, to Russia,” Peskov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and outgoing US President Obama are likely to talk informally on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit in the Peruvian capital of Lima, Peskov said on Friday.

“The two administrations have not agreed on any separate meetings, but we can assume that President Putin and President Obama will cross paths on the sidelines of the forum and will talk,” Peskov said.

Also on Friday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave a speech at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where he said that Europe and the United States “are close economic and trade partners” and mentioned potential threats for the alliance.

“Russia, breaking international law. Turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East. The refugee and migration crisis. International terrorism. Hybrid warfare. And cyber-attacks,”
said Stoltenberg, listing the perceived dangers.

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