EU not ready for Russian sanctions but Ukraine to insist, Ukraine minister says

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KYIV/BRUSSELS, April 20 (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers have not so far shown appetite for a new round of economic sanctions on Russia, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday after he called for such steps at a meeting with his EU counterparts on Monday.

"Sectoral sanctions are a matter of time and Russia's behaviour. From my recent interactions with German and French foreign ministers, I can conclude that they understand this reality," Kuleba told an online news conference with international media.

Kuleba also said he wanted a diplomatic solution to renewed tensions with Moscow over eastern Ukraine and Crimea, which the Kremlin annexed in 2014, but he said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declined a request for talks.

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Reporting by Matthias Williams and Robin Emmott; Editing by Alison Williams

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