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EU prolongs economic sanctions against Russia in response to aggression toward Ukraine
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The Council of the European Union on Thursday officially resolved to extend sectoral economic sanctions against Russia until July 31, 2018, a communiqué released in Brussels said.

The European Union on Thursday formally approved its earlier decision to extend for another six months economic sanctions against Russia over Moscow’s aggression toward Ukraine.

The political move to extend sanctions against the Russian Federation was made on December 14 at the level of heads of state and government of the EU member states during the latest EU summit held in Brussels.

Economic sanctions targeting the financial, energy and defense sectors were imposed against the Russian Federation on July 31, 2014 in response to its violations of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) welcomed the European Union’s decision to extend sectoral economic sanctions against the Russian Federation for additional six months.

“The Ukrainian World Congress calls upon the international community to remain firm and united in maintaining the targeted sanctions against the Russian Federation, thereby demonstrating that violations of fundamental values such as the territorial integrity of independent states will not be tolerated,” UWC President Eugene Czolij stated.

The UWC actively promoted the extension of sanctions against the Russian Federation until it fully complies with the Minsk agreements and de-occupies Crimea.

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