Germany expects EU sanctions against Russia to be extended

Germany expects European Union leaders this week to pave the way for an extension of EU sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis, a senior government official said on Thursday.

The virtual EU summit on Friday is likely to seal the political agreement for such a step which would then be implemented by EU foreign ministers later this month, the official added.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Thomas Seythal