The restrictive measures apply to the financial, energetic and defense sectors of the Russian Federation.
The European Union has prolonged its economic sanctions against Russia up to January 31, 2017, the EU’s official statement reads.
The European Council reiterates that the restrictive measures apply to the financial, energetic, defense sectors and dual use items.
The decision on the sanctions’ prolongation is explained by the fact that the Minsk agreements weren’t fully implemented by December 31, 2015.
The EU introduced the first anti-Russian sanctions in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and the start of military conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Earlier, Germany and Austria supported gradual lifting of the sanctions against Russia. These EU countries also connect the sanctions to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Russia describes connection of the sanctions to the Minsk-2 as absurd, since according to Moscow, it doesn’t take part in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Italy and some Eastern European countries also urge to lift the anti-Russian sanctions.
As reported earlier by 1492news.com, Merkel makes important statement on prolongation of anti-Russian sanctions.