Rosneft boss Igor Sechin (right) is a close associate of President Putin
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EU to widen Russia sanctions

EU ministers have been meeting in Brussels to discuss tightening sanctions against Russia for backing for the rebel separatist fighters blamed for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane.

EU ministers have been meeting in Brussels to discuss tightening sanctions against Russia for backing for the rebel separatist fighters blamed for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane.

There is widespread anger over the plane crash in eastern Ukraine, in which 298 people died.

A statement after the talks said that the EU would prepare "proposals for taking action, including on access to capital markets, defence, dual-use goods, and sensitive technologies, including in the energy sector".

Gavin Hewitt reports from Brussels.

  • 22 Jul
  • From the section Europe