On 15 September 2016, the European Council announced that the EU's Russia-related asset freezing measures imposed in relation to Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence (which were previously due to expire on 15 September 2016) will be extended for a further six months until 15 March 2017. This extension was effected by Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1671 of 15 September 2016 (the "Decision"), amending Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP. The Decision came into force upon publication in the Official Journal on 16 September 2016.
These sanctions consist of an asset freeze and a travel ban against 146 persons and 37 entities. The list of persons and entities currently subject to these restrictions can be found here.
This extension complements the recent six-month extension of the EU's sectoral sanctions, effected by Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1071 of 1 July 2016, amending Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP (published in the Official Journal on 2 July 2016). The sectoral sanctions target the Russian financial, energy and defence sectors, and dual-use goods, and are currently due to expire on 31 January 2017. Our recent blog post provides further information on the sectoral sanctions.