On 15 and 16 November 2015, western leaders attended a G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. A senior European diplomat reported that the leaders agreed at the summit to extend by six months the existing sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine pursuant to Council Decision 2015/971 amending Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP.

The EU’s sanctions regime on Russia limits transactions with major Russian financial institutions, imposes a ban on the export and import of trade in arms, establishes an export ban for dual-use goods for military use in Russia, and restricts the supply of certain equipment and services used for oil production and exploration in Russia. These restrictions had been due to expire in January 2016 but have now been extended to remain in force until July 2016.