Syria was top of the agenda at an EU leaders' summit in Brussels. Despite condemning the bloodshed, members had little appetite for fresh action. Instead, they opted to extend the sanctions already imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
EU leaders agreed to continue economic sanctions against Russia for another six months. Meeting at a summit in Brussels, the bloc's top politicians also discussed migration and security, revealing national differences.
The US Senate has passed a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. In addition to straining ties between the US and Russia, it could also raise tensions with the EU.
EU leaders are facing a "minefield" of crises in their final Brussels summit of 2016. Leaders appear split on extending sanctions against Russia, approving a Ukraine deal, responses to Aleppo and Brexit negotiations.
The EU has no appetite for sanctions on Russia over its role in Syria, but is mulling over additional measures against Damascus. Hopes for a resolution to the conflict have been pinned on an elusive diplomatic solution.
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