EU Ties Lifting Russia Sanctions to Full Ukraine Peace Accord

European Council President Donald Tusk announced EU leaders agreed on Thursday to link lifting economic sanctions on Russia to the full implementation of a Ukraine ceasefire agreement,. European Union leaders at a summit meeting in Brussels did not formally agree to extend the sanctions due to expire in July unless renewed. But the link to the Minsk agreement effectively extends sanctions until the end of the year because the accord sets a number of deadlines for the end of 2015.