The Ambassadors of the EU decided to prolong sanctions for one more year. Sanctions were imposed for the illegal annexation of Crimea, as the representatives of EU Council informed, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
The respective decision was made on Wednesday in Brussels within Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) sitting.
As it was reported, the EU Council has to approve the decision on the next week.
This restrictive measures were imposed in June 2014 and will be prolonged for one year. Such decision was made on June 23, 2018.
It was noted that in total, EU imposed three types of sanctions. Apart from the “Crimean” ones, individual sanctions for the actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity of Ukraine were imposed. There is also the so-called “Ukrainian list”, which contains the names of former Ukrainian officials of the time of ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, sanctions for which were imposed for abuse of state funds. These sanctions are being revised every year. Last time, such decision on the “Ukrainian list” was made on March 4, 2019, sanctions were prolonged till March 6, 2020.
The fourth package contains economic sanctions for Russia, imposed in July and enhanced in September, 2014. They were related to the implementation of Minsk Agreements. The decision on these sanctions is being made every six months. In December, 2018, the EU leaders approved the decision to prolong the time frame for sanctions, which expired on January 31, 2019, for six months. It is expected that sanctions will be prolonged at the next EU Summit, which will be held on June 20 in Brussels.
As it was reported, the European Commission offered to prolong anti-Russian sanctions for Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s annexation. The new sanctions package will take force on June 23, 2020.