EU further extends sanctions on Putin associates over Ukraine action

The European Union on Thursday extended sanctions for a further six months against 146 people and 37 entities in connection with the crisis in Ukraine, with the targets including close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The bloc has implemented several rounds of restrictive measures in a bid to halt the violence in eastern Ukraine that erupted in 2014. More than 9,500 people have died in the conflict, according to estimates by the United Nations.

The sanctions extended Thursday were issued over "actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence," according to an EU statement.

The West accuses Russia of supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, a charge that Moscow denies.

Any assets that the targeted individuals and organizations may have had in the EU will remain frozen until at least September 15, while the individuals are also banned from travelling to the 28-country bloc

The sanctions list includes Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Putin advisor Sergey Glazyev and the billionaire businessman Arkady Rotenberg, a former judo partner of Putin and one of his closest associates.

The entities targeted are mostly located in Crimea and the separatist areas in Ukraine, but also include Russian state-owned companies.

The sanctions extension will come into effect when it is published in the EU's Official Journal on Friday.

The EU has also hit Moscow with economic sanctions, affecting Russian imports and Russian banks' access to European capital markets. Their lifting has been linked to the full implementation of a peace deal for eastern Ukraine.

The measures have severely strained relations between Brussels and Moscow, and have proven controversial because they have inflicted economic pain both on Russia and EU member states.

Last update: Thu, 15/09/2016 - 13:45
Author: 

Related

More from Europe

Left-winger and former premier top French primary

Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls were out in front in France's nationwide primary on Sunday to choose who will be the...

Romanian president joins thousands in anti-government rally

Thousands of Romanians were joined by President Klaus Iohannis in a street protest in Bucharest on Sunday against...

Suspected accomplice detained in Germany in foiled Vienna attack

A 21-year-old man and his wife have been arrested in their home in the western German city of Neuss on suspicion of...

May vows to press Trump on "unacceptable" remarks in Friday meeting

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday vowed to confront US President Donald Trump about any "unacceptable"...

Hungarian bus company probed for negligence after Italy crash

Criminal negligence charges are being mulled against the owners of a bus that was in a fatal accident in Italy at...