Extension of sanctions against Russia for another year indicates the principle position of the European Union to support Ukraine in the Crimean issue, the QHA correspondent reported referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine commentaries. 

The duration of the EU restrictive measures, imposed in connection with the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, is prolonged for the next 12 months, until June 23, 2018.

The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU (COREPER) approved the draft decision of the Council of the European Union to amend the EU Council Resolution 2014/386/CFSP on June 6 this year, the department reminded.

The Foreign Ministry also noted that this legal act did not provide for any changes in the scope of the relevant restrictions (sanctions against the Russian Federation were not eased – Ed.) and that also indicates the definite position of the EU on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Earlier, The EU Council approved the one year extension of the “Crimean” package of sanctions against the Russian Federation for the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014. In particular sanctions include a ban on the import of products from Crimea or Sevastopol to the EU; on investment in the Crimea or Sevastopol; on tourist services in Crimea or Sevastopol (a ban on the entry of European cruise ships); on export or use to Crimean companies of certain goods and technologies in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors or those connected to oil, gas and mineral resources exploration, and producing; technical assistance, intermediary, construction or engineering services related to infrastructure in these sectors in the Crimea.

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