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In Mali, a West African court orders the suspension of sanctions against the Junta

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Ukraine-crisis / EU-Sanctions (Lead 1): Lead 1-new sanctions against Moscow announced Thursday or Friday-Borrell

(updated with head of the Ukrainian diplomacy, details)

Brussels, April 7 (Reuters) - The European Union could agree on Thursday or Friday on a fifth train of sanctions against Russia, said Thursday the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.

"This afternoon, perhaps, or tomorrow at the latest," said the head of the European diplomacy upon his arrival at a NATO meeting.

The diplomats of the European Union have not managed to agree on Wednesday on this new series of sanctions that the European Commission proposed Tuesday.

an agreement on Iranian nuclear "very close", says Borrell

 an agreement on Iranian nuclear Iran-nuclear: an agreement on Iranian nuclear "very close", says Borrell © Reuters / Ibraheem Al Omari an agreement on Iranian nuclear "very close "Borrell Doha (Reuters) - Iran and the Western powers are" very close "of an agreement on a revival of the Vienna Covenant of 2015 which supervises the Nuclear Activities of Tehran, said Saturday Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for External Affairs.

The reluctance of the twenty-seven to target Russian oil and gas feeds the frustration of the Ukrainian authorities, which see the exports of hydrocarbons the main source of the war led by Moscow on its territory.

Invited to express themselves at a NATO meeting, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmitro Kouleba, once again claimed an embargo. "We will continue to plead in favor of a total embargo on oil and gas," he said.

But if the European Parliament adopted Thursday to an overwhelming majority a non-binding resolution claiming a "immediate embargo", the governments of the twenty-seven do not seem ready to take such a measure which would strongly affect their savings.

Hungary also indicated that it would oppose sanctions for oil and gas, which would require unanimity to be taken at European level.

The difficulty of the twenty-seven to agree on a Russian coal embargo - yet relatively easy to replace - illustrates the energy dependence of the EU.

According to a European source, this embargo should not take full effect before mid-August, one month later than what had been initially proposed, particularly because of Berlin's pressures. (Robin Emmott, French version Nicolas Delame and Tangi Salaün)

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