The EU has officially extended the anti-Russian sanctions imposed for Russia's annexation of Crimea. The deadline is September 15, 2018. This is mentioned in the statement by the European Council spread in Brussels on Monday.
'The measures consist of asset freezes and travel restrictions. They continue to apply to 150 persons and 38 entities. An assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime. The relevant information and statement of reasons for the listing of these persons and entities were updated as necessary', the message says.
The legal acts will available in the EU Official Journal of 13 March 2018.
According to the Council's decision, other EU measures in place in response to the Ukraine crisis include economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy, currently in place until 31 July 2018, and restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, currently in place until 23 June 2018.