Today, on December 29, the resolution adopted by the Council of the EU on the extension of economic sanctions against Russia for six months (until July 31, 2019) came into force.
The decree was published the day before in the Official Journal of the EU.
It notes that the decision takes effect on the day after its publication.
The EU Council decided to extend the sanctions against the Russian Federation for another six months on December 21 unanimously by written procedure.
It was a legal statement of the corresponding political decision of the heads of state and government of the EU countries adopted on December 13, 2018 at the EU summit in Brussels.
Earlier it was reported that the reason for the EU decision to continue sanctions against Russia for another six months was zero progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
These restrictive measures were first introduced on July 31, 2014 for a period of one year in response to Russia's actions to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. They were reinforced in September 2014. On March 19, 2015, the European Council linked the duration of the sanctions with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The measures relate to the financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as dual-use goods.
He said that the relevant order is signed already, however, the list of goods wasn’t mentioned.
‘Russia imposes a ban on the import of a number of Ukrainian goods. This is a response to sanctions restrictions on the part of Ukraine. I have issued the relevant decree,’ he said.