As reported by Censor.NET, the decision was taken on Tuesday by COREPER (the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union), the EU Council said, according to a UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.
"We can confirm COREPER has agreed to prolong the restrictive measures in view of Russia's action destabilizing the situation in Ukraine to further assess the implementation of the Minsk agreements," the EU Council stated.
The proposed extension is for six months, until Jan. 31, 2017, according to the source. The decision should be finally adopted by the EU Council. The date of a relevant meeting is still unknown, but it is expected before the end of July.
As previously reported, in 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced. The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.
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