EU to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months as situation in Donbas worsens
European politicians are planning to extend sanctions imposed in March last year following Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, targeting more Russian individuals and companies involved in activities threatening or undermining Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The sanctions against Russia will be extended for another six months, according to Reuters, with reference to a draft statement planned for release after a meeting of EU foreign ministers to be held on January 29, Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainska Pravda has reported.
"In light of the deteriorating situation, the council has decided to extend the restrictive measures against individuals and entities involved in activities threatening or undermining Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, which were adopted in March 2014 and subsequently updated, until September 2015," the document says.
Earlier, it was also reported that during their upcoming meeting the EU foreign ministers would decide on adding new Russian citizens on the blacklist.
It is also expected that the Foreign Ministers will call on to carry out "further preparatory work on further restrictive measures" in the economic sphere. A decision on the introduction of new sanctions has to be taken unanimously by the EU.
At the same time, as previously reported, the new Greek government is considering vetoing the imposition of more sanctions on Russia because of the war in Ukraine.
Earlier, in a statement EU leaders urged their ministers of foreign affairs to consider the introduction of new sanctions against Russia during the extraordinary meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on the situation in Ukraine scheduled for January 29.