September 6, 2018 / 10:46 AM / 14 days ago

EU governments must decide on new Russia sanctions, Brussels says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Any new EU sanctions on Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy earlier this year must be taken by the bloc’s governments, the European Commission said on Thursday.

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

While the 28-nation bloc is renewing sanctions on Russia over Kremlin’s support for rebels in Ukraine, countries including Austria and Italy are highly reluctant to approve new measures and want closer business ties with Moscow.

Britain said this week the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury was carried out by two Russian military intelligence officers with almost certain approval of senior Kremlin officials.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Robin Emmott

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