EU ambassadors are preparing next week to take a decision on the extension of visa restrictions and the freezing of accounts against 146 individuals and 37 companies that, according to the EU responsible for violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This writes Radio Liberty.
The newspaper’s sources in the EU said that the decision to extend the sanctions by six months will be no special discussions on the eve of the deadline for this is September 15.
Among those sanctions relate to companies in Crimea and the formation of the Russian-backed militants in Eastern Ukraine and Russian politicians, particularly Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and TV presenter Dmitry Kiselev, who is called the chief propagandist of the Kremlin.
On 10 March the Council of the European Union extended by six months sanctions against 146 people and 37 companies in connection with the violation of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. The asset freeze and travel ban extended until 15 September 2016.
The EU in several stages, starting in 2014, introduced against Moscow sanctions for its aggressive policy toward Ukraine – the annexation of Crimea and support for Pro-Russian militants in the Donbas. These sanctions were repeatedly extended, and the effect is most sensitive for the Russian economy of their package ends in January 2017.
The EU sources said that the sanctions targeting the energy, military and financial sectors of Russia, will be discussed at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels in October.
On August 31 the Cabinet of Ministers extended the validity of the personal sanctions in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and has expanded the list of persons subject to sanctions.