(CNBC) European markets ended slightly lower Monday as investors focused on fresh Russian sanctions from the European Union and negotiations between Greece and the rest of the euro zone over its debts.
The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index started the week on a cautious note, closing 0.11 percent lower. Greece has dominated European markets in the past couple of weeks, after the election of a new anti-austerity government who have taken a harder line on negotiations over how to repay debts incurred as part of its bailout. The Eurogroup meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday is expected to be a key part of these negotiations.
London's FTSE closed 0.3 percent lower, German stocks finished around 0.4 percent higehr, while French stocks closed flat.
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