EU leaders have been debating the potential dangers of imposing punitive sanctions on Moscow.
A new framework to allow sanctions over chemical weapon use could see restrictions placed on Russia over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. Potential sanctions could involve travel bans and asset freezes.
President Donald Trump is actually a "huge fan" of Europe, insists new US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland. It's the trade deficit he despises. DW's Teri Schultz talks to Sondland in his first Brussels interview.
The EU's vow to keep trading with Tehran despite new US sanctions is causing further friction with Washington. The creation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will help facilitate payments between Iran and Europe.
The German chancellor has said lifting EU sanctions on Russia is off the table until a "real ceasefire" is achieved in Ukraine. The bloc introduced the measures after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
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