Such a decision was adopted on Friday by the European Council, thus providing legal effect to the political decision of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, dated January 29, 2015, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Council of the European Union.
"The Council has prolonged the application of EU restrictive measures targeting action against Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. The asset freeze and travel bans against 150 persons and 37 entities have been extended for a further 6 months, that is until 15 September 2015," the statement reads.
EU notes that the list of persons and institutions is consolidated and comprises the names of the separatists and organizations involved in the annexation of Crimea, destabilization, and outbreak of war in the Donbas.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz said that the European Commission is already preparing a new, more painful sanctions against the Russian Federation.