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EU prolongs sanctions against Russia for another 6 months

The European Union has prolonged for another six months the economic sanctions against Russia earlier imposed for Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
EU prolongs sanctions against Russia for another 6 months

The decision was taken on Tuesday by COREPER [Comite des Representants Permanents, or the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union], the EU Council said, UNIAN reports.

“We can confirm COREPER has agreed to prolong the restrictive measures in view of Russia’s action destabilising the situation in Ukraine to further assess the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” said the EU Council.

The proposed extension is for six months, until January 31, 2017, according to the source. The decision should be finally adopted by the EU Council. The date of the relevant meeting is still unknown, but it is expected that this will happen before the end of July.