EU sanctions against Russia: EU extends sanctions against Russian individuals and entities
Politics15:32 Sep. 7, 2016

EU extends sanctions against Russian individuals and entities

The decision has been made ahead of September 15 deadline  

European Union representatives have prolonged asset freezes and visa bans against 146 individuals and 37 entities that, according to the EU, are involved in violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The decision was taken the by the European Union Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) on September 7, ahead of a September 15 deadline.

Technically, it has yet to be approved by the EU Council and published in the Official Journal of the EU.

The restrictive measures against Russia will be prolonged for another six months, until March 15, 2017.

The sanctions were first introduced in March 2014 in response to Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Their targets include companies and individuals in Crimea, leaders of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, as well as Russian politicians like Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Dmitry Kiselyov, a state media executive and presenter whom many regard as the Kremlin's chief propagandist.

The EU's economic sanctions that target Russia's energy, military, and financial sectors are up for renewal on January 31.

These sectoral sanctions will be discussed at a Brussels summit of EU leaders in October.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL 

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