The EU may extend the sanctions against 146 Russian citizens and 37 legal entities involved in the occupation of Donbas and Crimea for six more months, said the Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Kostyantyn Yeliseyev on air the "Donbas. Realii" radio.
Notably, Kostyantyn Yeliseyev told that the EU may extend the sanctions for another 6 months starting from September 7, and make a corresponding announcement on September 15.
The Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration informed that the United States prompted the European Union to apply tough economic sanctions against Russia. The United States had introduced advanced sanctions against Russian citizens starting from September 1, 2016.
“Today, the task of diplomacy is to make sure that these sanctions are, at least, continued. But we are working to enhance them, because the situation is not improving,” Yeliseyev said.
The EU's economic sanctions against the Russian Federation to be in force until January 31, 2017. They affect the energy, military and financial sector of the Russian economy.
The EU will raise the issue of the sanctions extension at a Summit in October 2016.
Earlier, the US extended the sanction list on 81 points. More than 50 Russian companies controlled by "Gazprom" entered the list.
Moreover, the list includes contractors and customers to build Kerch bridge: FPI Road Management Office "Taman", the general contractor of the Kerch bridge construction "SGM-Most", a subsidiary of "Stroygazmontazh" owned by Arkady Rotenberg, the construction subcontractor "Mostotrest".
Trade restrictions are imposed against Russian companies as well. All requests for a trade license with these companies will be considered regarding "a presumption of denial."