The European Union will extend the scope of the sanctions in force against the annexed Crimea to the territory of other regions of Ukraine not under the control of the Ukrainian government. This was stated by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, at a briefing on Wednesday.
"We are expanding the geographic scope of the Crimea-related restrictions to Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which were adopted earlier this year. They will cover all areas of Ukraine not under government control, including Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions, which do not belong to Donbas and were not part of past decisions," Borrell said.
The "Crimean sanctions" introduced by the European Union after the annexation of the peninsula include a ban on the import into the EU of products from illegally annexed Crimea or Sevastopol, as well as a ban on infrastructure or financial investments and tourist services from illegally annexed Crimea or Sevastopol.
The export of certain goods and technologies to Crimean companies or for use in Crimea in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors or for the exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources is also subject to EU restrictions.
Borrell also stated that the EU will expand the list of sanctions and introduce personal sanctions against representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and representatives of the occupying power controlled by the Kremlin in the four Ukrainian regions where the pseudo-referendums of the Russian Federation were held.