The EU has a new project on track for summer that expands bloc benefits to and deepens cooperation with neighbouring countries hoping to join the union, such as Ukraine.
The bloc imposed sanctions on Russian private military company Wagner Group, as well as on three other entities and individuals, including former Russian military intelligence officers accused of mercenary work in Ukraine.
The measures are part of a package of human rights sanctions targeting a dozen individuals from Myanmar, China, Russia, North Korea, Eritrea, South Sudan and Libya.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says accession talks with Turkey have not been halted as Germany and France call for renewed ties with Ankara.
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