Foreign Ministers of member countries of the European Union, without discussions, have prolonged the current sanctions against the Crimea for a year, according to the EU Council.
The current sanctions against the Crimean Peninsula was due to expire on the 23rd of June.
The document notes that the restrictions have been extended “in response to an illegal annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until the 23rd of June, 2018”.
Sanctions against the Republic of Crimea were first introduced in June 2014. Restrictions began with the ban on imports 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 Republic’s economy.