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EU prolongs Anti-Russian sanctions
European Union has prolonged sanctions against Russia for another half a year, RIA Novosti reports. Economic restrictions towards Russia were to be over by the end of 2018, however, the official Brussels did not wait for the end of this term and prolonged sanctions until the end of July 2018. European Union referred to failure of observe Minsk agreements in full scope by Russia as a reason for this decision.
Restrictions against Crimea are still in force. European Union countries and their residents still do not have a right for making business on the Crimean Peninsula and importing any goods from Crimea.
Initially, the anti-Russian sanctions were introduced in 2014 for the term of 12 months for Russia’s actions in Crimea and Donbass, since that time, the sanctions were many times prolonged. In response for these limitations, Russian authorities banned importing of some goods from countries, which joined the sanctions. Besides, official Moscow has claimed that it is not the part of internal Ukrainian conflict.
It is worth reminding that US claimed the intention to prolong anti-Russian sanctions. US supposes that Russian intelligence services are involved in hacker attacks on the servers of US state institutions and interference into Presidential election campaign. Russia strongly denies its involvement into cyber-attacks.