EU extended sanctions on Russia in wake of MH-17 incident

Jul 26, 2014 13:51 IST

European Union on 25 July 2014 extended the sanctions on Russia in wake of the Malaysian Airplane MH-17 crash that happened over eastern Ukraine in third week of July 2014.

The sanctions were approved by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union (EU) at a meet in Brussels, Belgium.

The extended sanctions include names of 15 individuals and 18 companies from Russia and Ukraine. These names have been added to the existing list of 72 individuals and two companies against whom visa bans and asset freezes have been imposed.

The chief names among these include the head of the Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov and Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB department that oversees international operations and intelligence activity. The names include four members of Russia's Security Council.

The imposition of sanctions on Russia started with the annexation of Crimea in eastern Ukraine by Russia in February 2014.

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