The EU member states’ ambassadors to Brussels agreed on March 13 to extend sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
The EU sanctions have been imposed on individuals and entities that, according to Brussels, are responsible for actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Asset freezes and visa bans were first imposed by the EU in March 2014 after Russia illegally annexed Crimea.
That brings the total number of sanctioned individuals to 152 — including Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Dmitry Kiselyov, who many regard as the Kremlin’s chief propagandist.
There also are 37 entities targeted by EU sanctions. They include companies active in Crimea and military battalions formed by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The sanctions were due to expire on March 15.
In December, the EU has added six new deputies in Russia’s State Duma — all from Crimea — to its sanctions list over Russia’s seizure and illegal annexation of the Ukrainian territory.
The six blacklisted State Duma deputies won their seats in Russia’s September parliamentary elections.
The official sanctions list includes Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, President Vladimir Putin’s adviser Sergei Glazyev, Russian Armed Forces General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov, and Dmitry Kiselyov, who many regard as the Kremlin’s chief propagandist.
The EU’s economic sanctions against Russia’s energy, military, and financial sectors are up for renewal in June.