EU extends anti-Russia sanctions, blacklists another eight officials over Kerch Strait incident

EU extends anti-Russia sanctions, blacklists another eight officials over Kerch Strait incident

The European Union has extended sanctions against certain Russian individuals for another six months, the Council of the EU said in a statement.

According to the document, the restrictive measures, which expire on March 15, are extended "in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine."

In addition, the Council of the EU "added eight Russian officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine." "These new listings have been adopted by the Council as a response to escalation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov and the violations of international law by Russia, which used military force with no justification," the statement says.

"The measures now apply to a total of 170 persons and 44 entities," the Council of EU pointed out.

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