European Union governments agreed that new economic sanctions on Russia will take effect on Friday, but held out the prospect of cancelling some or all of them next month if they believe a peace plan is working. Jillian Kitchener reports.
They're training 10 to 15 hours every day, with the possibility of joining Ukrainian government troops' fight against pro-Russian rebels. This trainer says they're preparing for war... Learning guerilla tactics to survive in military conditions, and ultimately, preparing to destroy their enemy. The EU is employing different tactics, in hopes Russia will help end the crisis in eastern Ukraine. A spokeswoman for the EU foreign policy chief says new economic sanctions on Russia would take effect Friday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESWOMAN FOR EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF CATHERINE ASHTON, MAJA KOCIJANCIC, SAYING: "In response, the European Union is deepening the measures in four areas where we already have measures in place since July. We are talking about access to capital markets, defence, sensitive technologies, and dual-use goods." The Russian Foreign Ministry is calling the new sanctions an "unfriendly policy." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, ALEXANDER LUKASHEVICH, SAYING: "The Russian political leadership has already made it clear to politicians of various levels that we will take adequate measures and our response will be proportional to the damage which these sanctions cause to the economies of our state." But EU ambassadors say they may cancel some or all of the sanctions next month if they believe a peace plan is working. A strategy much different from what these fighters are preparing for.