Russia Hit with Sanctions Extension by EU over Crimea Annexation in 2014

Russia Hit with Sanctions Extension by EU over Crimea Annexation in 2014

European Union foreign ministers have extended economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea four years ago.

European Union foreign ministers have extended economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula four years ago.

The latest measures target tourism and trade and apply to people or companies based in the EU until June 23 next year. They include a ban on imports from Crimea or the city of Sevastopol and a ban on Europeans and EU-based companies investing in the territory.

The European Union’s Council said in a statement: “Four years on from the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the EU reiterated that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law”.

In direct contrast to the EU stance, US President Donald Trump last week accused his predecessor, Barack Obama of ‘losing’ Crimea to the Russians while in office and said his Democrat opponent was at fault for the invasion and annexation of the territory.

“President Obama lost Crimea,” Trump told reporters from what he described as “the fake news media” and went on to repeat his belief that Russia should be re-instated to the G7 after being ejected during Obama’s term in office.

Obama’s move was part of a series of measures undertaken by his administration which sought to punish and isolate Russia following its annexation of Crimea.

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