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The Wall Street Journal: EU backs off threat of sanctions against Russia, for now

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders said early Friday that all options remained available if the Syrian and Russian bombing campaign against the northern Syrian city of Aleppo continues but backed off any threat of immediate action.

In a statement agreed after talks which ran past midnight, the leaders watered down their stance on the Aleppo attacks. An earlier threat that the EU could place sanctions on those supporting the Assad regime was removed from the text following opposition from Italy, among others, according to two senior officials.

Instead, leaders repeated what European politicians have been saying for days — that “the EU is considering all available options, should the current atrocities continue.

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