European Union ambassadors have prolonged asset freezes and visa bans on 146 individuals and 37 entities that threatened Ukraine's territorial integrity.
The decision to prolong the personal sanctions by another six months was taken on September 7, a week ahead of a September 15 deadline, according to FRE/RL. The sanctions were first introduced in March 2014 as a response to annexation of Crimea.
The sanctions concern Russian politicians, for instance Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Dmitry Kiselyov, generally regarded as the Kremlin's chief propagandist, Crimean companies, various battalions formed by the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, an so on.
Prolonging of EU's economic sanctions targeting Russia's energy, military, and financial sectors will be discussed by EU leaders when they meet for an EU summit in October in Brussels.