International sanctions during the Ukrainian crisis
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The Russian government wants to prolong countermeasures on the European Union for another 18 months, said Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. His statement comes a day after the EU extended its anti-Russia economic sanctions.
The European Union has prolonged anti-Russia economic sanctions, keeping restrictions on business with Russian energy, defense, and financial sectors until January 31, 2018.
When President Trump began taking a wrecking ball to some of America's traditional foreign policies, going so far as to threaten the country's long and sturdy relationship with its Western European allies, many hoped that the other branches of government would provide a counterweight to the executive branch, and restrain his worst impulses.
Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) chair Korneliya Ninova has vowed to veto any renewal of sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union.
Her comments, cited by the BSP press office, follow a Facebook post which slams the restrictions hampering, according to socialists, Bulgaria's trade and economy.
The EU announced on Monday it had decided to prolong "the restrictive measures" against Belarus for one year.
These measures include "an arms embargo and an asset freeze and a travel ban against four people listed in connection with the unresolved disappearances of two opposition politicians," the EU announced.