EU extends Russia sanctions over Crimea for a year

Jay Anderson
June 19, 2017

The sanctions, which were due to expire on Friday, were now set to run until June 23, 2018.

The sanctions, which were imposed in 2014 after Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, limit imports and investments to the peninsula.

"On 19 June 2017, the Council extended the restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russian Federation until 23 June 2018", the EU Council said in a statement.

It said the sanctions include prohibitions on imports of products originating in Crimea into the European Union, investment and tourism services in Crimea or Sevastopol, and exports of certain goods and technologies to Crimean companies.

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Crimea is also subject to the ban on the export of goods and technologies in the field of transport, telecommunications, energy, oil production and refining and mineral resources production and any technical services operating in these sectors.

The EU, however, considers the development as an illegal "annexation" and has imposed a raft of economic sanctions on Russian Federation.

In addition to the annexation of Crimea, Russia is backing separatists in eastern Ukraine who are fighting the government.

Along with many United Nations countries, the USA, the European Union, and Turkey also do not recognize Crimea as Russian territory. The fighting has left over 10,000 people dead.

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