Russia' Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to members of the Federation Council
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Russia sanction retaliation 'on hold'

The BBC's Richard Galpin in Moscow said Russia is still considering how to retaliate to the sanctions that have been imposed by the EU after the annexation of Crimea.

Russia's upper house has unanimously approved the treaty on Crimea joining the Russian Federation.

In turn, EU leaders have signed an agreement on closer relations with Ukraine.

Friday's developments came hours after the EU broadened its sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The BBC's Richard Galpin in Moscow said Russia is now considering how to retaliate but President Putin said he would not take immediate reciprocal action.

  • 21 Mar
  • From the section Europe