Obama continues anti-Russian sanctions for another year
U.S. President Barack Obama today extended sanctions against the Russian Federation, according to the document published by the White House continuing the "national emergency," introduced in connection with Russia’s attempts to undermine democratic processes in Ukraine, violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660," the document says.
The document notes that this situation also poses an "unusual and extraordinary" threat to national security and foreign policy of the United States.
“The actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation, including its purported annexation of Crimea and its use of force in Ukraine, continue to undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets,” the document reads.