US President Barack Obama prolonged sanctions against Russia for another year, until March 6, 2018. They were imposed against Russian Federation in 2014. The extended sanctions also apply to Russian companies in the occupied Crimea, the Crimean and Donbas separatists, as well as Ukrainian ex-officials.
This was stated in the document, posted on the website of the White House. Notice of continuation of the "national emergency" was also sent for publication in the US Federal Register of official documents, Radio "Liberty" reported.
The sanctions were extended as "the actions and policies of persons that 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 actions and policies addressed in these Executive Orders, including its purported annexation of Crimea and its use of force in Ukraine, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States," the message says.
"Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 with respect to Ukraine," it was stated in Obama’s letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.