EU extends sanctions over Russia’s Crimea annexation

EU extends sanctions over Russia's Crimea annexation

The European Union extended its travel bans and asset freezes over Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea for another six months, until March next year, EU said.

“Today the Council decided to extend the sanctions targeting persons and entities that continue to undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, for a further 6 months until 15 March 2021,” the EU said in a statement.

“The existing restrictive measures provide for both travel restrictions and the freezing of assets, and will continue to apply to 175 persons and 44 entities,” it said.

Restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine were first introduced on 17 March 2014.

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