EU Council extends economic sanctions against Russia by six months

The Council of the European Union on Thursday officially resolved to extend sectoral economic sanctions against Russia until July 31, 2018, a communiqué released in Brussels said.

"On 21 December 2017, the Council prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2018," the EU Council document said.

The latest extension was politically agreed on by the EU heads of state and government at their summit in Brussels on December 14.