The EU sanctions, which are being extended until March 15, 2020, consist of the assets freezing and travel bans against 170 Russian individuals and 44 entities.
In addition to these measures, the European response to the Ukrainian impasse includes other economic sanctions aimed at specific Russian economic sectors, most of which will be in force until January 31, 2020.
The history of the dispute between Moscow and the West has been already taking place for the last five years ago. On 2014, these relations worsened due to the reinstatement of Crimea to Russia, which happened after a referendum whereby more than 96 percent of voters defended such option.
Besides repeatedly stressing that Russia is not part of the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin has reaffirmed that the Crimea reinstatement was carried out in compliance with international law and the United Nations Charter.
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He also confirmed that, at the European community bloc, "we do not have a common position on Russia", which means that the extension of the restrictions to Moscow can be called into question by several countries.
According to statements made by Russia's President Vladimir Putin in June, EU countries have lost about US$240 billion due to their sanctions. Since 2014, however, the Russian loss only has reached US$50 billion.