31.01.17 10:34

Juncker: Lifting Russia sanctions still premature

The time for canceling EU's restrictive measures against Russia has not come yet.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday in Brussels, Censor.NET reports.

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"We have taken our decisions, these decisions are valid, and when we have to come back to this decision we will do so. But this is not the time for change," the head of the European Commission said at a joint press point with Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev.

In 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia following its occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced.

The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.

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