REUTERS After the EU Council adopted on June 18, 2018, a decision to extend until June 23, 2019, restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia, the Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and Georgia, aligned themselves with the said declaration, according to a statement by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini released on July 18. "They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision," the statement reads. The European Union has taken note of this commitment and welcomed it, according to Mogherini. Read alsoEU envoys slap sanctions against six people involved in illegal construction Crimean bridge – Poroshenko As UNIAN reported, the sanctions include a ban on the imports to the EU of products originating in Crimea, as well as a ban on investments and capital flow into the annexed peninsula. This means that no European national or EU-registered company shall purchase real estate or acquire businesses in Crimea, finance Crimean companies or provide services there. It is prohibited to provide tourist services. In particular, European cruise ships shall not enter Crimean ports, except for emergency situations. Read alsoBooking.com bans Crimea reservations It is also prohibited to export certain goods and technologies to the Crimean companies, and also to use these goods and technologies in transport, telecommunications, and energy sector, in particular for research, exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources. Technical assistance, intermediary operations, construction and engineering services related to infrastructure in these sectors is also prohibited.