"The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA [European Free Trade Association] countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine align themselves with this Council Decision," reads a declaration by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The Council on September 15, 2016, extended the existing measures until March 15, 2017, having simultaneously amended the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures as set out in the Annex to Decision 2014/145/CFSP.

"They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council decision," the declaration reads.

The European Union says it takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.

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