Brussels (The Times Groupe)- The EU foreign ministers announced that they decided on Monday to renew sanctions against Russia over the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. ukraine
It extends restrictions on investments and tourism and blocks the import of goods from Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2023.
European telecommunications, transport, and energy companies are also prohibited from exporting goods and services to local companies.
“We continue to condemn the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula as a serious violation of international law,” the Council of the European Union said in a statement.
Russia violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in 2014, and the current measures are part of the bloc’s sanctions regimes.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, the EU has also imposed six sets of sanctions against Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are among those targeted, along with a ban on oil and coal imports, the export of luxury goods, and the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian banks from the SWIFT international banking system.