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EU leader expects bloc to extend sanctions on Russia in 2017

European Council President Tusk said it may be harder to preserve the EU unity on Moscow after Trump takes office

AP/PTI  |  Warsaw 

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European Council President Donald Tusk says he thinks the European Union will extend against Russia, but that it will be harder to preserve the West's unity on Moscow when is US president.

Tusk spoke to Polish private television station TVN24 today to mark his two years in the office.

He says France, and the United States have supported him in maintaining a cohesive response to Russia's military assertiveness and that he expects another extension of economic and political on Moscow to be approved in January.

However, Tusk says it may be harder to preserve the unity after Trump takes office January 20.

He says Trump expressed more concern about Britain's exit from the than about when they spoke recently.

First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 23:42 IST