"The EU unanimously prolongs the economic sanctions against Russia, given that progress was not made in the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, announced through a Twitter message.
The decision was not surprising. At the end of November, high-level EU politicians threatened Moscow with new sanctions, after Russia detained three Ukrainian military vessels that illegaly crossed into Russian territory in the Kerch Strait.
Russia clarified that its actions were a response to Ukrainian vessels advancing directly towards the Crimean bridge, located in Russian waters.
Decision: EU unanimously prolongs economic sanctions against Russia given zero progress in implementation of Minsk agreements.