The European Union leaders will likely threaten Russia with other economic sanctions due to the Ukraine involvement. Diplomats and officials say that there are no additional penalties that are prepared at the moment.
At a Brussels summit, Petro Poroshenko received a special welcome for the senior officials while he urged them to set new sanctions. However, there are divisions between the EU nations.
The larger western countries do not want to have their economies affected by sanctions against Russia. France, Great Britain and Germany are on this list, with Italy also struggling economically at the moment and being dependent on gas from Russia.
Ukrainian president Poroshenko declared that he wants new EU sanctions against Russia as he accuses Vladimir Putin of sending troops that support the pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine.
In a Twitter message, the Ukrainian president’s spokesman said that he wants to “forge ever stronger unity of the EU and its solidarity with Ukraine, to seek more resolute EU actions”.
The summit will also vote on the new president of the EU union, with Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister, having broad support.