On June 19, the heads of state and the Council of the European Union in a format of a video conference must make a political decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia.
The issue of sanctions will be raised during the discussion of the implementation of the Minsk agreements. German Chancellor Angela Merkel Bundesregierung and French President Emmanuel Macron are expected to brief European leaders on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Let’s remind, ambassadors of the European Union on June 12, 2019, agreed on the extension of sanctions against Russia for the illegal annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol till June 23, 2020.
The first sanctions against Russia for the annexation of Crimea were imposed by the European Union in March 2014. They were later joined by sanctions for Russian aggression in the Donbas and the seizure of three Ukrainian ships with crews on November 25 in the Kerch Strait.
Since June 2014, the EU Council has adopted restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia, which applies to individuals and legal entities of the EU and is limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol.