The Council of the European Union has extended sanctions against Russia over military aggression and the occupation of the territories of Ukraine for another 6 months. The corresponding statement is published on the official website of the Council of Europe.
Reportedly, the European diplomats did not see any arguments for lifting or easing the sanctions.
Only two persons were removed from the sanctions lists, one of them was the murdered leader of the militant group "Somalia" Mikhail Tolstykh ["Givi" - ed.] and the former Head of the terrorist group "LPR" Valery Bolotov who died in January this year.
“The assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime. The list was reviewed and the Council removed two deceased persons from the list of persons and entities subject to these restrictive measures, which now apply to 150 persons and 37 entities. Identifying information and statement of reasons for listing related to these persons and entities were updated as necessary.”
Earlier, the EU approved the decision to extend the economic sanctions against Russia until July 31, 2017, imposed over its aggression against Ukraine, the destabilization of the situation in the Donbas and non-compliance with the Minsk agreements.