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EU Council extends sanctions against Crimea

The European Council extended the restrictive measures imposed against the Crimean peninsula.

On 19 June, the European Council extended the EU restrictive measures imposed in response to the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2016. It is stated in the message of the EU Council.

The sanctions include the ban on: import of goods from Crimea and Sevastopol to the EU; investments in Crimea or Sevastopol; tourist services in Crimea and Sevastopol, in particular, the European cruise ships can not call at the Crimean ports; export of certain goods and technologies to Crimea, including in the field of transport, telecommunications and energy.

"As stated by the European Council on 19 March 2015, the EU continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and remain committed to fully implement its non-recognition policy," the statement reads.

The decision to extend the sanctions will be published in the Official Journal of the EU on June 20.

As it is reported, on June 22, the Council plans to extend economic sanctions against Russia until the end of January without discussion.

As it is known, in March 2014, after bringing its troops Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea and began to destabilize the situation in the Donbas. With the direct participation of the Russian special services and support of the Russian army, in the Donbas were created so-called Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics". Russia supplies terrorists with weapons and sends its regular armies and mercenaries to the Donbas.

So far, the sanctions against Russia are already imposed by the U.S., EU, Canada, Japan, Australia and some other countries.