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Russia sanctions also likely to be extendedThe measures run in parallel to another set of EU sanctions directly targeting Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict.
Sanctions imposed by the European Union on the Crimean peninsula will remain in place until June 2018, the bloc’s foreign ministers decided on Monday.
The sanctions include a ban on all imports and exports with Crimea and the nearby city of Sevastopol relating to transport, energy and telecoms.
Italy, along with Greece and Hungary, has taken a more dovish stance towards Russia, arguing that the sanctions do harm to European business interests as well.
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European Union agrees to use sanctions against cyber hackers
The European Union (EU) can levy economic sanctions on anyone caught attacking EU states’ computer networks, EU foreign ministers said on Monday, the bloc’s latest step to deter more attacks following incidents in Britain and France.
A British intelligence agency has told political parties to protect themselves against potential cyber attacks, while the French government dropped plans to let its citizens abroad vote electronically in Sunday’s legislative elections because of the risk of cyber attacks.
EU foreign ministers agreed that so-called restrictive measures including travel bans, assets freezes and blanket bans on doing business with a person, company or government could be used for the first time.
With German national elections in September, interference in democratic votes is a concern for the bloc after accusations of Russian meddling in the US presidential election last November and the French election in May.
“A joint EU response to malicious cyber activities would be proportionate to the scope, scale, duration, intensity, complexity, sophistication and impact of the cyber activity,” the bloc said in a statement.