On 29 January 2015, EU Foreign Ministers agreed to extend the EU's existing sanctions against Russia, which target people and entities who are involved in threatening and undermining Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The measures will now be extended until September 2015.
The High Representative and the Commission have been called upon to present a proposal on additional listings within one week, in time for the proposed new additions to be considered at the next meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee on 9 February 2015.
The Council's published conclusions from the meeting (available here) state that the Council 'strongly condemns the indiscriminate shelling of residential areas, especially in Mariupol and the recent escalation of fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine' and says that the Council 'expects Russia to exert its influence and to induce the separatists… to stop their hostile actions'.
This article first appeared on European Sanctions Law & Practice (http://europeansanctions.com/), a blog by Maya Lester (+44 20 7379 3550, firstname.lastname@example.org), a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, and Michael O'Kane (+44 (0) 20 7822 7777 email@example.com), head of Business Crime at Peters & Peters.