Six countries, incl. Ukraine, support EU's extended sanctions over Crimea
Albania, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Norway, Ukraine, and Montenegro have supported the EU Council's decision to extend the sanctions over the illegal annexation by Russia of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, according to the Council of the European Union.
"The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, and Georgia align themselves with this Council Decision," the Council said in a statement.
"They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision. The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it," the statement said.
U.S. Congress considering tougher anti-Russian sanctionsOn June 17, 2016, the Council decided to extend the existing sanctions until June 23, 2017.
The EU's sanctions over Crimea include a ban on imports from Crimea and Sevastopol to the EU along with a ban on investment in Crimea and Sevastopol. Sanctioned are also tourist services in Crimea and Sevastopol. In particular, European cruise ships are banned from entering Crimean ports. Exports of certain goods and technologies to Crimea, in particular, in such sectors as transport, telecoms and energy, are not allowed.