The EU Council officially extended sanctions against Russia

The procedure for extending sanctions against Russia is completed: sanctions will remain in force for another six months

The EU Council on Wednesday concluded a written procedure for the extension of economic sanctions against Russia. Sanctions have been extended for six months due to the situation in eastern Ukraine.

Interfax is clarified with reference to the European diplomatic source that the EU links the future of these sanctions with the implementation of the Minsk agreements by the Russian side.

The European Council agreed this extension on June 22 in Brussels at the level of heads of state and government, which became a political endorsement of such a decision.

After the EU summit on June 23, European Council President Donald Tusk said: “We have agreed to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months.” According to him, the sanctions will be prolonged, because Russia does not comply with the Minsk agreements.