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Italy blocks adding name to Russia sanctions list
“The Italian government blocked the addition of a Crimean lawmaker to the EU’s Russia sanctions list, according to three diplomats. On Wednesday, the Council of the EU’s Working Party of Foreign Relations Counselors (known as RELEX) agreed to roll over sanctions against Russian citizens and companies ‘over actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity’ for six months, until March 15, 2019.”

EU, U.S. expect early results in trade talks to ease tensions
“The EU and US will ratchet up their contacts in the coming weeks in order to improve cooperation on trade and head off risks of an escalation in the ongoing dispute.”

Europe looks to thwart Trump`s Iran sanctions
“Europe’s biggest economic powers are planning to create a ‘special purpose’ financial company to thwart U.S. President Donald Trump’s sanctions and help Iran to continue to sell oil in the EU. The move, by France, Germany and Britain, and supported by the EU, is likely to enrage Trump, who in May unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear accord, which the Europeans, Russia and China continue to support and have pledged to do their utmost to protect.”

Middle East

Egypt imposes new import tariffs on consumer goods
“The charges include an additional 20 percent tariff on machinery and equipment imported by tourist establishments, as well as increases to fruit juices and baby formula.”


Turkey signs agriculture, oil exploration deals with Sudan
“Turkey and Sudan have signed a $100 million oil exploration deal and an agreement allocating thousands of square miles of Sudanese agricultural land for investment by Turkish companies, Turkey’s agriculture and forestry ministry said on Sept. 11.”
[Hurriyet Daily News]