June 29, 2020 / 3:13 PM / 5 days ago

EU extends economic sanctions against Russia for six months

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations formally extended economic sanctions against Russia on Monday by six months until Jan. 31 next year, the grouping of EU countries known as the European Council said on Monday.

European leaders had agreed to extend the sanctions at their summit on June 19, after discussing the state of the Minsk agreements, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“Given that full implementation has not yet been achieved, EU leaders took the political decision to roll over the economic sanctions against Russia,” the Council said in a statement.

Reporting by Marine Strauss @StraussMarine; editing by Foo Yun Chee

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