European Union agrees to roll over Russian Federation economic sanctions

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The important meeting was scheduled in St Petersburg between US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

The statement also said the move "is a continuation of the trend set by the Obama administration aimed at ruining relations between our countries".

Russia announced Wednesday that it was canceling talks between Russian and U.S. officials on how to improve relations between the two countries.

Russian Federation has expressed displeasure over new United States sanctions against it and called off talks with a senior U.S. administration official in response.

They also come at a volatile time for Russia-U.S. relations.

Russian Federation canceled its plans to participate in a one-on-one meeting with US soon after an announcement.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the penalties are created to "maintain pressure on Russian Federation to work toward a diplomatic solution".

The EU initially imposed sanctions on Russian Federation three years ago after it annexed Crimea.

The announcement comes after the United States announced an expansion of sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the U.S. regretted Russia's decision to cancel the talks, adding that the package of sanctions issued Tuesday only reinforced those already in place.

Meanwhile, the US State Department said it regretted the cancellation.

While the West's economic and financial sanctions harmed Russian exports, Moscow retaliated by banning imports of Western food and barred some individuals from entering Russia.

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Commenting on Russia's position on cooperation with the United States to ensure aviation safety in Syria, Peskov said: "The defence ministry is the only body that will decide if Russian Federation should resume work to this agreement".

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Irritants have piled up in recent weeks, and on Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced it would reinforce existing sanctions related to the ongoing violence in Ukraine.

As with the USA measures, the European Union sanctions, which mainly target Russia's banking and financial sectors, were first imposed in 2014 in response to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula and its role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In that announcement, Ryabkov threatened unspecified retaliation for the sanctions.

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