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 Consultations with EU leaders on extension of sanctions against Russia underway, - Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko welcomes the EU Council's decision to extend sanctions against Russia over the occupation of Crimea.

Censor.NET reports quoting the president's Facebook.

"I welcome the EU Council's decision to extend sanctions against Russia for the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. I continue consultations with EU leaders so that they adopt a similar decision on sanctions for the occupation of the Donbas. We will continue to struggle until Russia withdraws from Ukrainian Crimea and the Ukrainian Donbas!" Poroshenko said.

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In 2014, the European Union, the United States and other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine, which have repeatedly been renewed and extended. The negotiations on a visa-free regime and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended, some Russian officials were banned from entering the EU and their assets were frozen; commercial, financial, and military restrictive measures were introduced. Overall, 151 persons and 37 entities were put on the sanction lists. Sectoral sanctions have been imposed on 20 Russian financial, oil-producing, and defense institutions.

In August 2014, Russia adopted in response a package of restrictions against the EU, the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway. The so-called "countersanctions" prohibited the import of fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products from these countries to Russia for a period of one year.
 
 
 
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