16:33 Mar. 7, 2016
Sanctions against 146 Russians and Ukrainians, and 37 companies will be extended until September 15
The E.U. will extend sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals on Thursday, March 10, without debate.
The blacklist includes 146 individuals and 37 companies. This is reported by Russian news agency RIA Novosti, referring to sources in the E.U.
"The decision will be formally approved on Thursday, this will be on agenda among 'A' issues (to be adopted without discussion) at the E.U. Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting. Three people have been excluded from the list because they are no longer alive" said a diplomatic source in the E.U.
According to the source the sanctions will be extended until 15 September 2016.
On March 4, 2016 the E.U. Council extended sanctions against 16 former senior officials of Ukraine, including Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych. The sanctions were prolonged for one year against those who are "responsible for embezzlement or power abuse that led to the loss of public funds".
Besides individual sanctions, the European Council on December 21 agreed to extend sanctions against Russia until July 31, 2016, the E.U. press-service agency reports.
The one-year sanctions were initially imposed on July 31, 2014, in response to Russia's aggression in Eastern Ukraine. On 22 June 2015, the E.U. Council extended the sanctions for another six months - until January 31, 2016. The MEPs prolonged the sanctions because Russia had not fully implemented the Minsk agreements.