Russia and IS on PM’s summit agenda

Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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David Cameron and European counterparts are expected to announce tighter sanctions against Russia over Ukraine despite the economic crisis engulfing the country.

The Prime Minister will also use an EU summit to push for tougher action to deal with the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

The gathering in Brussels is the first overseen by new European Council president Donald Tusk, formerly PM of Poland.

Mr Cameron is expected to hold bilateral talks with Mr Tusk’s successor as Polish leader, Ewa Kopacz, and Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov before the summit gets under way.

A senior UK government source said the focus was likely to be on the continuing stand-off with Russia over Ukraine, and there was no desire to ease the pressure on Moscow despite sharp falls in the ruble.

There are reports that the meeting will agree to widen the ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration.

The government source said Mr Cameron would raise the issue of IS and urge more progress in addressing the threat from the group.

Mr Cameron’s drive to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU ahead of an in-out referendum mooted for 2017 is expected to come up “in the margins” of the talks.

The leaders are also due to consider new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s plan to mobilise 315 billion euros (£249bn) in extra investment – largely from the private sector – over three years.

Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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