Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

EU Extends Russia Sanctions For Another Six Months

Putin: Russia does not oppose involving USA in Normandy Four EU Leaders Agree to Prolong Anti-Russian Economic Sanctions
Sammy Stanley | 15 December, 2017, 14:53

European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014.

The decision to extend the measures, which was widely expected, came at a summit in Brussels on Thursday which saw the launch of a major new European Union defence cooperation agreement.

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to prolong for another six months the bloc's economic sanctions on Russian Federation, imposed over the annexation of Ukraine's peninsula of Crimea and Moscow's support for rebels in east Ukraine.

The current sanctions remain in force until January 31, 2018.

"We were united in our opinions on the issue", she said, commenting on the results of the first day of the European Union summit.

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Merkel told reporters afterwards the leaders had had an "intense discussion" on sanctions.

The EU-brokered Minsk peace agreement, backed by Moscow and Kiev, was first reached in late 2014 and then re-worked in early 2015 but is violated nearly daily. Bulgaria will not take a final position on the issue of sanctions against Russia, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said in Brussels, quoted by the press service of the government.

The economic sanctions against Russia were introduced in mid-2014 after Russian-supported separatists grounded a civilian aircraft in Eastern Ukraine.

Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said the sanctions would be extended until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and re-establishment of peace in the territory of Ukraine.

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