EU foreign ministers to decide on Russia sanctions March 12
Foreign ministers of EU member states will consider the issue of prolonging diplomatic measures against Russia on March 12 instead of the earlier scheduled February 26.
According to Radio Poland, initially, the issue was to be decided at a Monday meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
It is noted that last week, EU ambassadors gave their consent to the extension of diplomatic measures against Russia for the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the east of Ukraine.
Diplomats state that at present, not all documents have been translated into the official languages of the EU countries, while a few countries are yet to complete internal procedures related to the extension of sanctions.
Read alsoUkraine's Foreign Ministry lists tools to counter Russian occupation of CrimeaIt is established that the sanctions, which will expire in mid-March, will automatically be prolonged for another six months at a Brussels meeting of the Ministers for Competitiveness March 12. No changes are expected to be put forward to the document as the issue has sparked no disagreements.
It was reported that nearly 150 people have been put on the "black list" providing for an EU entry ban and assets blocking across Europe. These are terrorists, Russian politicians, officials and military close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sanctions also cover 38 companies whose European assets are to be frozen until mid-September.
As UNIAN reported earlier, in December 2017, the European Union formally approved the decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months over its aggression against Ukraine.