EU summit: Barroso gives little away

José Manuel Barroso

Anyone expecting Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, to give any hint as to where EU summitteers might go on Russian sanctions when they gather later today, will be disappointed.

At a press conference following a pre-summit meeting with business and labour union leader to discuss Europe’s jobless recovery, Barroso would only say that “the most important thing to do” is to help create a “credible, stable, prosperous, democratic Ukraine.”

On Russia, he said leaders will “see how far they’re will to go” on sanctions, but provided no details on where anyone stands. “Some consequences have to be drawn from this kind of behaviour,” Barroso said.