European Union ‘unanimously’ extends Russia sanctions for six months

The sanctions against Russia are over its actions in Ukraine; they centre on the financial, energy and defence sectors

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2018, 10:58pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2018, 12:08am

The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine for another six months.

The EU stressed in a statement Thursday that the 28 member states took the decision “unanimously”.

The decision comes less than two weeks ahead of a planned summit between US President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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The sanctions centre on the financial, energy and defence sectors. The EU has been largely unsuccessful with its efforts to push Putin into a more conciliatory stance regarding the conflict in Ukraine.

The sanctions were imposed after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and backed pro-Russia separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine.

Thursday’s extension had been widely expected.