The European Council has unanimously agreed to extend economic sanctions targeting the Russian economy by 6 months, until 31 January 2018. The extension is a result of the failure to fully implement the Minsk Agreements. The sanctions, originally introduced in July 2014 in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, focus on the financial, energy and defence sectors, as well as dual-use goods.

The Decision was published in the Official Journal on Thursday, 29 June 2017.