EU extends sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS, 13 Dec — RIA Novosti. The EU leaders summit in Brussels endorsed a political decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia for the next six months due to “zero progress” in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, said on Thursday the head of the European Council Donald Tusk.
“Decision: the EC unanimously extended the economic sanctions against Russia, given the zero progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements”, — he said in his Twitter account.
Decision: unanimously prolongs EU economic sanctions against Russia given the zero progress in implementation of Minsk agreements.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) December 13, 2018
The EU has tied the issue of extending sanctions against Russia to the status of the implementation of the Minsk agreement, and every six months, hears the report of France and Germany before making a political decision to extend the restrictive measures for a further six months.
Fifth of July, the EU Council issued a decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, until 31 January 2019. Measures directed against the financial, energy and defence sectors, as well as dual-use goods. They were first introduced on 31 July 2014 for a period of one year and reinforced in September 2014.