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Sanctions against Putin’s associates and pro-Russian militants in Ukraine to be extended

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Monday, 14 September, leaders of European Member states decided to extend sanctions against pro-Russian militants in Ukraine and people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin by six more months.

Tuesday was supposed to be the last day of sanctions. Member states’ ministers of European affairs decided to extend sanctions for longer, according to a source in the EU. Ambassadors of EU member states had previously agreed on this measure.

There are 149 people on the EU ‘blacklist’. These people are not allowed to travel to the EU at least until March 2016. All properties owned by those people in EU member states will be frozen by authorities. Assets will also be frozen for 37 legal persons.

Sanctions are aimed against people who have had a hand in actions ‘that are aimed to put at risk Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence’.

EU sanctions will be applied to multiple people that are old acquaintances of Vladimir Putin, his associates, advisers and high-rank officials of the Russian Government.

Restrictions also apply to Russian military officials and government personnel who work in the recently annexed Crimea. Armed pro-Russian militants in Ukraine also face EU sanctions.

Legal persons under EU sanctions are mostly located in Crimea and territories held by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine. Sanctions have also been applied to multiple enterprises owned by the Russian government.

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