No EU unanimity on renewing Russia economic sanctions: official

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Posted: Mar 13, 2015 6:54 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's 28 governments have not reached an agreement on renewing economic sanctions on Russia that expire in July, a senior EU official said on Friday.

EU leaders are due to discuss sanctions on Russia, imposed over the Ukraine conflict, at a summit next week. Some EU member states are pushing for a decision now on extending economic sanctions on Russia due to expire in July.

"What will be the final point we will see in the Council (summit) but I don't think there is unanimity at all for the rollover of sanctions, the sanctions that are due in July," the official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, said.

A majority of member states will probably say discussion of whether to renew the economic sanctions should wait until July, he said.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)