: Belgium to consider lifting sanctions against Russia

15:16 Jul. 24, 2016

Belgium to consider lifting sanctions against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo)

Draft resolution registered in Belgium's parliament

The Belgian parliament has registered a resolution to cancel the EU's sanctions against Russia, TASS reports.

The author of the draft resolution MP Aldo Carcaci has said the discussion might be organised after the parliamentary holidays. 

On July 1, the European Union has officially extended the economic sanctions against Russia for its 2014 takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and aggression in the country's eastern regions for another six months.

The restrictions, targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy, will be active until 31 January 2017.

The sanctions, initially imposed by the EU on July 31, 2014 and reinforced in September, have targeted financial, energy and defense sectors of the Russian Federation. They also restrict the area of dual-use goods.

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