The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU (COREPER) extended for a year without discussion the restrictive measures against Crimea as part of the EU’s strategy for non-recognition of Crimea’s entry into Russia, adopted in 2014. This was announced on Wednesday by TASS by a diplomatic source in Brussels.
“COREPER decided to extend the restrictive measures against Crimea and Sevastopol for 12 months,” he said. Next week, this decision will be formally approved by the EU Council, after which it will come into force.
Restrictive measures against Crimea and its inhabitants were adopted by the European Union in June 2014 as part of the EU Strategy for Non-Recognition of the annexation of Crimea. These sanctions prohibit European businesses from maintaining any contacts with Crimean enterprises, prohibiting European airlines from flying to Crimea and ships from entering Crimean ports, introducing a complete trade blockade of the peninsula, and also prohibiting EU countries from issuing visas to residents of Crimea who have received Russian passports. …
This sanctions package is being extended annually without discussion, as the EU determined in 2014 that these restrictions will remain in effect as long as Crimea remains part of the Russian Federation.
This package of restrictive measures is one of three introduced by the European Union against Russia in 2014. In addition to it, there is also a blacklist of individuals and legal entities in Russia and Ukraine, whom the EU considers to be involved in the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine. It is renewed by 6 months annually in March and September. The third package is sectoral economic sanctions against a number of Russian state-owned companies in the defense and oil sectors, as well as five leading Russian banks, which is also extended twice a year in July and January.
Russian news agency TASS