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The European Union extended sanctions against Russia for six months. This was reported in the official journal of the European Union. The decision came into force on Monday, July 9.
On 5 July the EU Council extended the restrictive measures “targeted at specific sectors of the Russian economy” until 31 January 2019, the document says.
In March, the European Union on 15 September extended the sanctions against 150 people and 38 organizations because of the situation around Ukraine. In may, the EU Council has blacklisted five more people because of the past in Crimea Russia’s presidential election.
The EU, USA and several other countries have introduced restrictive measures against Russia in 2014 and linking them with the annexation of Crimea, and then — with the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. In response, Moscow imposed a ban on food imports from most of the countries that supported anti-Russian sanctions.
In Russia insist that the accession of Crimea was fully consistent with international norms. In addition, Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it is not a party to the conflict in the Donbass, and the responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements signed in 2015 countries “channel four” (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) is in Kiev.
The Minsk agreement provides for a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons, the holding of elections in the Donbass, and the legislative recognition of the special status of the region. However, Kiev, under various pretexts, refuses to fulfill the political part of the agreement.
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