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Italy backs more Russia sanctions: foreign minister

SARAJEVO: Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, a candidate to become the European Union’s next foreign policy chief, reiterated on Thursday that she supports additional sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. “We have all agreed unanimously to continue with pressures and expand the list of persons and firms to be sanctioned,” Mogherini told reporters after talks with Bosnian officials. EU foreign ministers met earlier this week and agreed to widen sanctions in response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. A draft proposal outlines a package of targeted measures in the areas of access to capital markets, defence, dual use goods and sensitive technologies, EU diplomats said on Thursday on condition of anonymity. Italy currently holds the six-month rotating presidency of the EU, and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has put Mogherini forward to take over the role of foreign policy chief of the 28-nation body from Catherine Ashton later this year. 

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