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The EU Extended Anti-Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine For Six Months

The EU Extended Anti-Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine For Six Months

The European Union (EU) has extended sanctions for six months against Russian citizens and companies that allegedly undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine, its sovereignty and independence, according to the website of the EU Council.

"Today, the Council decided to extend sanctions against individuals and organizations that continue to undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for another six months – until March 15, 2021," the report said. It's worth noting that the existing sanctions provide for travel restrictions and asset freezes of 175 individuals and 44 organizations.

The EU report states that the restrictive measures were introduced in response "to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia."

Restrictions on Russian citizens and companies for "threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine" were introduced on March 17, 2014. Also, until January 31, 2021, the EU has economic sanctions against certain sectors of the Russian economy.

In 2014, a referendum was held in Crimea, which resulted in the Peninsula, which was transferred by the RSFSR to Soviet Ukraine in 1954, again became part of Russia, of which it had been a part since the end of the XVIII century.

Today the Council decided to extend the sanctions targeting persons and entities that continue to undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, for a further 6 months until 15 March 2021.

The existing restrictive measures provide for both travel restrictions and the freezing of assets, and will continue to apply to 175 persons and 44 entities.

The decision was adopted by the Council by written procedure. The legal acts will be published in the Official Journal on 11 September 2020.

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