EU prolongs sanctions against Russia due to annexation of Crimea until June 2025

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The European Council has extended the sanctions established against the Russian Federation for the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 for one more year.

The announcement was made on the official website.

“The Council today decided to renew the sanctions introduced by the EU in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, until 23 June 2025,” the statement says.

The sanctions target the imports of products coming from the illegally annexed Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU, and infrastructural or financial investments and tourism services from the illegally annexed Crimea or Sevastopol. Additionally, the exports of certain goods and technologies to Crimean companies or for the use in Crimea in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors or for the prospection, exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources are also prohibited.

The EU reiterated it is commited to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and acknowldges its right to self-defence against the agressor’s attacks.

“The EU does not recognise and continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation as a violation of international law,” reads the statement.

The EU is currently still working on the 14th sanctions package against Russia, including LNG imports measures, as Germany keeps rejecting various proposals.

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