EU to extend individual sanctions over Ukraine conflict

The blacklist of nearly 150 individuals who have contributed to escalating the conflict in eastern Ukraine complements economic sanctions against Russia‘s defence, financial and energy sectors.

“Sanctions – travel restrictions and asset freezes – against 146 persons and 37 entities are renewed until September,” AFP quoted a European source after a meeting of diplomats from EU nations on Wednesday.

EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday are expected to formally approve the decision and the full list of individuals targeted will be published on Saturday, the sources said.

The last list approved in September includes Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, targeted for backing Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March 2014.

It also included Arkady Bakhin and Anatoli Antonov, the defence and deputy defence ministers.

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