The European Union has extended sanctions against the Crimea for a year

LUXEMBOURG, 19 Jun — RIA Novosti. The foreign Ministers of member countries of the European Union without discussion was prolonged for a year the sanctions against the Crimea, said the EU Council. The term of the current sanctions against the Peninsula was due to expire on 23 June.

It is noted that the restrictions extended “in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until June 23, 2018.”

The Council recalls that “measures limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol” and prohibit citizens located in the EU companies to import products from Crimea, to invest in the economy of the Peninsula, to provide travel services to export certain goods and technology in the fields of transport, telecommunications and energy associated with the extraction and processing of oil, gas and minerals.

Sanctions against the Crimea was first introduced in June 2014. Restrictions began with the ban on the import of EU goods without Ukrainian certificates, later, the European Union has restricted the import in Crimea of a significant amount of goods from the EU and completely banned investment in the economy of the Peninsula.

Also, the United States and EU imposed personal sanctions against a number of deputies from the Crimea. Washington has repeatedly said it will leave in force the sanctions in connection with the annexation of Crimea as long as Russia maintains control over the Peninsula.

Again Crimea became a Russian region on the basis of a referendum held after a coup in Ukraine. For reunification with Russia voted more than 95% of the inhabitants of the Peninsula. According to President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue “is closed permanently.”

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