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EU to extend Russia sanctions for another six months - Merkel

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference after coalition meetings over stimulus measures to reboot post-coronavirus economy, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany June 3, 2020. John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed to extend for a further six months sanctions that have been in place against Russia since its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Speaking after a video conference of European Union leaders, she also said Germany reserved the right to react after prosecutors this week accused Russia of ordering the killing last year of a Georgian citizen who was shot last year in broad daylight in a central Berlin park.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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