The leaders of the European Union have voted to prolong economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, the European Council said on Thursday. Existing sanctions expire on 31 July. They concern financial, energy and defence sectors.

“The EU remains steadfast in its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty & territorial integrity 5 years after Russia’s illegal annexation of #Crimea & #Sevastopol. EU leaders just agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another 6 months #EUCO”, the EU Council said on Twitter.

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