The EU decided to prolong the sanctions against Russia until March 15, 2020. The respective decision was announced by the European Council on December 12.
"The measures consist of an asset freeze and travel restrictions. They currently apply to 170 persons and 44 entities. The relevant information and statement of reasons for the listing of these persons and entities have been updated as necessary. Other EU measures in place in response to the crisis in Ukraine include: economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy, currently in place until 31 January 2020; 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 2020", reads the message on the website of the EU authority.
The European Council added that the resective legal acts will be published in the Official Journal on 13 September 2019.
In 2014, the Russian Federation violated Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, which resulted in a number restrictions imposed by the EU; these sanctions have been prolonged repeatedly.