The EU extends sanctions against Russia over Crimea for a year
The document notes that the sanctions have been extended until June 23, 2021. The Council's decision will be published soon in the official journal of the EU, after which it will enter into force.
On June 11, the ambassadors of EU member states agreed to extend restrictive measures against Russia over Crimea. The decision is made in writing without discussion.
The EU imposed sanctions on Russia in connection with events in Ukraine during 2014. The EU's sanctions policy includes three independent tracks: visa restrictions against Russian citizens, economic sectoral sanctions against a number of Russian state-owned companies in the oil, defense and financial sectors, as well as restrictive measures against Crimea. The first two sanctions blocks are extended every six months, and the ban measures against Crimea are extended once a year.
Sanctions against Crimea include a ban on the import of any Crimean goods to the EU, any European investment in the territory of Crimea, including the purchase of real estate there, business financing, and the provision of services, such as tourism. European vessels are prohibited from entering Crimean ports, and planes are prohibited from landing at airports in Crimea, except in emergency situations. The export of goods and technologies in the fields of transport, telecommunications, energy, oil production and refining, and natural resource extraction to Crimea is prohibited, as well as the provision of any technical services to companies operating in these sectors.
After the coup in Ukraine in February 2014, the authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol held a referendum on reunification with Russia. More than 80% of those who had the right to vote took part in it, 96.7% and 95.6% voted for reunification with Russia, respectively. On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Treaty on the admission of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation, and on March 21, it was ratified by the Federal Assembly. Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.