: E.U. Council says when they will consider extension of sanctions against Russia

14:53 Jun. 20, 2016

E.U. Council says when they will consider extension of sanctions against Russia

Flags of the European Union member states hang inside the Council of the European Union's Lex building on February 18, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium (Getty Images)

The extended penalties include asset freezes and visa bans against nearly 150 Russians and 37 entities

On June 21, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of E.U. member states (COREPER) plans to consider extending sectoral sanctions against Russia for its 2014 takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and aggression in the country's eastern regions.

This is reported by the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, referring to their source in the E.U. Council.

Read also Germany's Steinmeier favors gradual phasing-out of Russia sanctions

"It is planned for tomorrow," stated the source in the EU Council.

After putting boots on the ground in Ukraine in March 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crime and began to destabilize the situation in the Donbas region (eastern Ukraine).

Kremlin continues supplying weapons to Donbas militants as well as deploying mercenaries and its regular troops to eastern Ukraine.

The European Union, the United States and other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in response to Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula annexation and aggression in eastern Ukraine.

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