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European Union extends sanctions against Russia over illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol

19. June 2020 - 15:37

Yesterday, on 18 June, the Council of the European Union decided to extend the restrictive measures established over the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol until 23 June 2021. The extension will enter into force tomorrow, on 20 June.

“This decision demonstrates the unwavering support of the European Union to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and that violation of international law has consequences for the aggressor,” said Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu.

“This is particularly important now that Russia is trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and deepen its aggression towards Ukraine”. He added that although Russia has tried to use the COVID-19 crisis as a pretext for undermining the sanctions policy, the sanctions imposed by the EU and the UN generally permit requesting humanitarian exceptions and do not obstruct states from fighting the pandemic.

The measures are implemented in respect of EU persons and companies.

The restrictive measures are a part of the non-recognition policy and cover the prohibition of the provision of various financial and investment services in Crimea and Sevastopol. Importing goods from the region to the territory of the EU, exporting goods from the transport, telecommunications, energy and oil, gas and mineral resources sector to Crimea and Sevastopol, and provision of services related to the construction of their infrastructure are also prohibited. Provision of tourism services is also prohibited.

Read more about the sanctions over the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol (in Estonian): Further information about sanctions can be found on the EU Sanctions Map:

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
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