13:27 14.09.2017

EU Council may extend sanctions for individuals, legal entities considered to be involved in undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity

The EU Council for Justice and Home Affairs is expected to take a decision in Brussels on Thursday to extend targeted measures to individuals and organizations, which the European Union regards as "undermining the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine."

As reported, on September 6, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU countries agreed, without discussion, a recommendation to the Council of the EU on the next extension of these individual sanctions for six months. A diplomatic source in the EU institutions told Interfax that the decision of the council could be made on September 14.

The previous extension was held on March 13, 2017 until September 15, 2017. These measures include the freezing of assets of individuals and legal entities in the European Union and the ban on travel to EU countries.

According to the March decision of the EU Council, sanctions were extended to 150 people and 37 organizations.

The decision of the EU Council is planned under section "A" of the agenda, that is, without discussion.

After publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, it will enter into force.

These restrictive measures were introduced for the first time in March 2014.

In addition to them, in connection with the Ukrainian situation, economic sanctions also apply, affecting certain sectors of the Russian economy and restrictive measures imposed in response to the "illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol" and operating in their territories.

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