BRUSSELS, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – The European Union on Friday extended its sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine, adding 15 individuals and 18 companies to the blacklist.
“The Council today adopted reinforced EU sanctions in view of the situation in Ukraine, following upon the request by the European Council of 16 July and the Foreign Affairs Council of 22 July. This decision gives legal value to an agreement reached at the Committee of Permanent Representatives yesterday,” the statement says.
This brings the total number of sanctions-hit individuals to 87 and the number of entities to 20.
The expanded list will be published later on Friday.
The EU unveiled the first batch of sanctions back in March following Crimea’s referendum, in which the overwhelming majority of voters backed seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.
The restrictive measures targeted Russian high-ranking officials as European countries accused Russia of allegedly violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Russia’s envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said earlier this week that the sanctions were “a road to nowhere” and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said such actions toward Russia were a way to conceal protectionist measures in the interests of certain companies.