Anti-Russia sanctions: Now it's official: EU prolongs sanctions over Russia's actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity

14:06 Sep. 15, 2016

Now it's official: EU prolongs sanctions over Russia's actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity

EU extends sanctions against Russian individuals and entities

The decision has been made earlier this month, but approved by the EU Council and published in the Official Journal of the EU on September 15

The European Union Council prolonged by six more months the application of EU sanctions targeting 146 persons and 37 entities for their actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. The sanctions consist of asset freezes and travel bans.

The decision was taken by the European Union Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) on September 7. But the procedure was formally completed on September 15, when the decision was approved by the EU Council, and the legal acts were published in the EU Official Journal.

The restrictive measures against Russia are 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.

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