The EU Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved on Wednesday a proposal to extend for six months the individual sanctions against 146 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 37 legal entities who the EU considers to be responsible for the crisis in the east of Ukraine. European diplomat in Brussels informedInterfax about that.
Now these restrictive measures should be adopted by the EU Council and a legal act will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Since the extension of the previous deadline expires on September 15th, the Council will take a decision as soon as possible, said the spokesman, noting that the date has not been determined.
He also noted that the decision would be taken by written procedure, without bringing the matter to one of the meetings of the Council. No change in the sanctions list are made.
We are talking about the extension of the EU Council decision, initially made on March 17th, 2014, which was then extended and supplemented. The new decision will be valid until March 17 th, 2017.
Individual sanctions include freezing financial assets in EU banks and a ban on visas to enter the territory of the European Union.