The Council of the European Union decided on Friday to extend the sanctions imposed on 150 individuals and 37 organizations for six months over actions disrupting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
"The Council has prolonged the application of EU restrictive measures targeting action against Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. The asset freeze and travel bans against 150 persons and 37 entities have been extended for a further 6 months, that is until 15 September 2015," it said in a communique.
"This decision gives legal effect to a political decision taken at the Foreign Affairs Council on 29 January 2015," the Council said.
The blacklist contains the names of several Russian government members, politicians, parliament members, businessmen, senior officials of ministries and departments, and heads of Crimea and the unrecognized Lugansk and Donetsk people's republics.
It also includes some companies and organizations of Russia, including Crimea, and paramilitary units operating in the DNR and the LNR.
The U.S. Treasury Department has issued a statement announcing new sanctions against eight pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists and one youth organization as well as one bank currently operating in Crimea
"I would like relations between Japan and Russia to go back to normal and Japan to abandon the policy of sanctions. I am confident that Japan's joining of the anti-Russian sanctions in the context of our policy of listening to the opinion of our Western partners is wrong"
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