EU extends sanctions on RussiaChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 19, 2020
EU leaders have agreed to extend diplomatic and economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel
“In today’s European Council meeting we decided to extend these sanctions for another six months,” Merkel said.
The sanctions were first imposed in 2014 in response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and were later expanded due to Moscow’s reluctance to fully implement the Minsk agreement. Most of the sanctions target Russia’s finance and energy sectors, as well as its arms industry.
The EU, the UN General Assembly, and Turkey all view Russia’s annexation of Crimea as illegal. ■