Obama extended sanctions against Russia for one year

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The US President Barack Obama signed a decree that extends the basis for sanctions against Russia for a year. Thus, the period of validity of the decree #13,660 was extended.

In accordance with the decree, there remains “a state of emergency imposed in relation with attempts to undermine democratic processes in Ukraine, violate its sovereignty, and territorial integrity”.

The document states that this situation creates an “extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the USA”.

The decree lists the reasons that led to the imposition of sanctions, including the annexation of Crimea, the use of force in Ukraine, an attempt to undermine the democratic process in this country, and a threat to its territorial integrity.

In addition to the document #13,660 in 2014, Obama signed 3 more orders, which confirmed the difficult situation in Ukraine, and the fact of “Russian occupation of the Crimea”. Their action was also extended by today’s decree of the American president.

The document in its current form extended until March 6, 2017.

Source: RBC