Restrictions will remain in place until 31 January 2022
The European Union has once again extended economic sectoral sanctions against Russia for six months. This was said in a statement issued by the EU Council on Monday.
“The EU Council today decided to extend for another six months – until 31 January 2022 – sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy”, – it said in a statement. – “This Council decision is based on the assessment of the implementation of the Minsk agreements at the European Council [EU summit] meeting on 24-25 June.”
The EU Council recalled that these sanctions “were imposed in 2014 in response to actions destabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine”.
A European diplomatic source earlier told TASS that the foreign ministers intended to decide on extending the sanctions without discussion. A statement to this effect was circulated by the EU Council 10 minutes after the start of the ministerial meeting in Brussels.
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In 2014, the EU imposed sanctions on Russia over the events in Ukraine and the reunification of Crimea with Russia. The restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and extended. Negotiations on visa-free travel and a new framework cooperation agreement were suspended, Russian officials were banned from entering the community and their assets were frozen. Trade, financial and military restrictions were also announced. In response, Russia imposed an import ban on a number of foodstuffs from the EU.