U.S. President Barack Obama extended sanctions imposed on Russia in March 2014 over the Russian aggression in Ukraine for one more year.
“The actions and policies continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the U.S. national security and foreign policy”, – Obama’s disposal reads.
In 2014, the European Union, the United States and other countries have imposed sanctions against Russia over the occupation of the Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine.
Talks on visa-free regime and a new basic agreement on cooperation with Russia were suspended. A number of Russian officials were banned to enter the EU and their assets were frozen. Commercial, financial and military restrictive measures were introduced. Sanction lists include 151 people and 37 entities. Sanctions were applied to 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense structures.