The EU agreed to extend sanctions against Russia – Reuters

The EU agreed to extend sanctions against Russia – Reuters

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Restrictive measures will be in effect at least another six months.

Today, 15 December, EU leaders agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia over aggression in Ukraine. About it reports Reuters, citing diplomats.

The Agency notes that the decision was quite expected, and the formal process of extending the sanctions for another six months in the defense, energy and financial sectors in Russia will begin next week.

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The sanctions were imposed after the occupation of Crimea and Russian participation in a military conflict in the Donbass, which has already claimed over 10 thousand lives.

Recall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande called for the extension of sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine. Merkel called for the continuation of the restrictive measures to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Prior to that, U.S. President Barack Obama agreed with EU leaders to extend sanctions against Russia. The US President insisted that sanctions lasted as long as the Minsk agreements will be fulfilled.

Sanctions against Russia is likely to continue for another six months

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Such a decision should be taken by the EU leaders, who are already beginning to arrive in the Belgian capital for this year’s last summit. Among the issues is the agreement on Association Ukraine-EU, which threaten to bury the Netherlands if the European Union does not agree with the requirements of the Hague.