Kiev: Heads of state and government of the European Union member states have decided to prolong economic sanctions related to the banking, financial and energy sectors of Russia over Ukraine for another six months. "Prolongation of Russia sanctions is adopted by #EUCO," Spokesman for the President of the European Council Barend Leyts tweeted on December 12. They will be in effect until July 31, 2020.
"EU leaders discuss[ed] sanctions on Russia after [a] 9 December Normandy format meeting. The EU confirms support for Ukraine's sovereignty & territorial integrity," the EU Council said on Twitter on the same day. "The economic sanctions have been extended for 6 months successively since July 1, 2016," it said on its website.
In July and September 2014, the EU imposed economic sanctions targeting exchanges with Russia in specific economic sectors.