EU extends sanctions against Russia's 150 nationals and 38 companies for six months

EU extends sanctions against Russia's 150 nationals and 38 companies for six months

The European Union has officially prolonged restrictive measures against 150 persons and 38 entities from the Russian Federation for a further six months, until 15 September 2018, the EU Council said in a statement.

"On 12 March 2018, the Council prolonged the restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months, until 15 September 2018. The measures consist of asset freezes and travel restrictions. They continue to apply to 150 persons and 38 entities," TASS cited the statement as saying.

The Council added that legal acts will be available in the EU Official Journal of 13 March 2018.

The political decision on extension of the current set of sanctions, which expires on March 15, was taken by ambassadors of 28 EU member-states on February 2.

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