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Despite Putin’s pleas, EU new sanctions against Russia not to be lifted this year

EU Council has extended the validity of the sanctions list, which includes Russian citizens involved in the annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas until March 15, 2016.
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According to sources in the European Union, the EU Council has extended the validity of the sanctions list, which includes Russian citizens involved in the annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas, until March 15, 2016, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.

“We will release an official communiqué about this in the near future,” the source said.

It should be recalled that the “black list” of the European Union includes 151 individuals and 37 entities. In late 2014, the Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU extended the new sanctions against Russia until September this year. In June 2015, the EU also extended the sanctions imposed against Russia until January 31, 2016.

The EU imposed the first package of sanctions against Russia in March 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Back then the sanctions list included 33 people, including members of the State Duma and the Federation Council. That package of sanctions was imposed by the EU for a period of one year. In response to these ctions, in August 2014, Russia imposed the restrictions on the import of food from the European Union. The embargo affected agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs from the countries that joined the sanctions.

However, in late September, Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak at the UN General Assembly session regarding issues of the world economy, the situation in Ukraine and the current issue of the Syrian situation. According to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the main topic of speech, with which President Putin goes to the United Nations, will concern the imposition of more and more sanctions against Russia.

Earlier, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said that Russia could expect new tough sanctions in the event of derailment of the Minsk peace agreements. Moreover, it should not hope for the abolition of such sanctions.