The EU announced on Monday it had decided to prolong "the restrictive measures" against Belarus for one year.
These measures include "an arms embargo and an asset freeze and a travel ban against four people listed in connection with the unresolved disappearances of two opposition politicians," the EU announced.
Two statements, one after the other, came on the day the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the "Syria Summit" to be held together with Turkey and Iran.
The first one was from the United States, which said economic sanctions applied to Russia after the Ukraine crisis were expanded, adding seven more Russian citizens and eight companies to the U.S. Treasury's list.
The European Union and Cuba on Dec. 12 signed a deal to normalize ties that had been blocked for decades by human rights concerns under revolutionary icon Fidel Castro.
Cuba had been the only Latin American country that did not have a so-called "dialogue and cooperation" deal with the EU covering issues such as trade, human rights and migration.
Serbia has not, and will not, join anyone's sanctions against Russia, but it is suffering the consequences of the measure, says Deputy PM and FM Ivica Dacic.
"Paradoxically, daughter companies from Russia that are registered and operating in Serbia are under sanctions, while daughter companies of Russian companies registered in the EU are not," said Dacic.
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BELGRADE - Serbia's top diplomat complained that the European Union is putting "unacceptable" pressure on the Balkan country to impose sanctions against Russia.