EU extended sanctions against Russia


The sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia were extended till July 31, 2016, said the press service of the Council of the European Union.

According to the press service, the decision to extend the sanctions for six months was made due to the fact that Russia has not fully complied with the Minsk Agreement.

  • The European Union imposed sanctions on Russia in the spring of 2014 because of the role of Russia in the Ukrainian crisis. Afterwards, sanctions were strengthened several times. The sanctions that were extended by the EU at December 21 were introduced in July 2014.
  • In addition to the sanctions, the EU imposed visa restrictions for some Russian officials, businessmen, and public figures.
  • Their own sanctions against Russia were also introduced by the United States. A number of other countries have joined European and US sanctions.
  • In August 2014 Russia introduced the food embargo banning the import of certain categories of products from the EU, the US and other countries that introduced sanctions against Russia.