EU governments extended a ban on trade and investment with Crimea for a year, according to Reuters.
The measures were adopted following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March last year and reinforce the EU’s policy of not recognizing the annexation. European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and visits by European cruise ships will remain outlawed.
The sanctions also target many senior officials in Russia and in the separatist leadership, including Crimean leaders, and organizations linked to them
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday Russia’s reaction to the renewal of EU sanctions would be based on the “principle of reciprocity”, suggesting it would extend counter-sanctions that include a ban on Western food imports.