EU considers new measures against Belarus, withdraws some staff from Kyiv - sources

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European Union flags are seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

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BRUSSELS, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The European Union is considering new restrictive measures to close loopholes on existing sanctions against Belarus, diplomats said, an issue that is likely to come up at a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers on Monday.

As a sign of further escalation on the EU's eastern front, the EU last week told non-essential staff to relocate from Kyiv, one EU diplomat said, while Ukraine is urging the EU to provide emergency support and military training.

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Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; additional reporting by John Chalmers; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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