Five candidate countries for EU membership, including Ukraine, after the European Union extended sanctions for another six months. This is stated in the statement of the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, published on the website of the EU Council. She stressed that Brussels welcomes the decision.
The EU has been joined by Montenegro, Albania, Liechtenstein, Norway and Ukraine.
The Council of the EU on 15 September extended the anti-Russian sanctions imposed because of the situation in Ukraine for another six months, until 15 March 2017. As noted in the statement Mogherini, candidate countries for EU membership “will ensure that their national policies” the Council’s decision.
In the black list of EU – 146 people and 37 organizations. The defendants in the list of banned entry to the EU territory and their assets in the bloc are frozen. To this end, the EU extended the sanctions in March 2016.
In addition, the European Union has imposed sanctions against several sectors of the Russian economy. These restrictive measures were last extended in July, until 31 January 2017.