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 European Union extends Russian asset freezes over Ukraine

European Union governments extended on Thursday sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians targeted in 2014 over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, keeping asset freezes and travel bans in place until mid-September.

Censor.NET informs citing Reuters via Yahoo! News.

The 28-member bloc said in a statement that 146 people, including Russian-backed former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, and 37 companies would remain under sanctions.

Read more: UK and France back retaining sanctions against Russia until Minsk agreements fully implemented

The European Union's main economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defense sectors, expire in July this year and many EU governments want to renew them until Russia upholds its part of a peace settlement in Ukraine.

However, a decision needs consensus and some countries closer to Russia, including Hungary and Greece, have yet to decide whether they will support a sanctions extension.
 
 
 
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