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Vladimir Putin convenes urgent meeting of Russian Security Council because of sanctions

Today, the Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation in the Kremlin.
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The Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation in the Kremlin, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Kremlin.

“It is planned to consider additional measures to neutralize threats to the national security under international sanctions. The Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev will deliver a keynote report,” the statement reads.

It should be recalled that on 22 June, the Council of Ministers of the European Union made a decision to extend the sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2016.

In particular, the sanctions relate to an access to the European financial markets for some Russian banks and companies, to the trade in arms and dual-use goods and export of certain technologies related to the energy sector.

As reported, the extension of economic sanctions against Russia was the result of an agreement between the EU leaders to link the sanctions to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements until December 31. It was decided during the meeting of the European Council on March 19-20.

The decision on economic sanctions against Russia because of the annexation of Crimea and destabilization of the situation in the east of Ukraine was adopted on June 31, 2014. The sanctions were tightened on September 8, 2014.