EU extends sanctions against Russia by six months

The economic sanctions which the European Union against Russia has been running, be extended by six months. The 28 heads of government of the member states have unanimously agreed at a summit in Brussels, left, EU president Donald Tusk Wednesday know.

The penalties were in 2014 set because of the support from Moscow to pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea. Europe has the penalties linked to the peace plan of Minsk.

The leaders of Germany and France have told their colleagues that the arrangement is not complied with. According to Tusk, there is no progress.

Because of the sanctions is the European capital market is not accessible for a range of Russian energy companies, defence companies and banks. Also the export of technologically sensitive goods is limited.

For tightening of the sanctions due to the recent Russian actions against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov is the lack of support.

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