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Ukraine, Moldova, and Armenia join EU sanctions against Russia

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Author: Daria Shekina

Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, and a number of other countries have joined the EU sanctions against Russia for human rights violations, according to the European Union Council.

On December 4th of this year, the EU Council extended existing sanctions for another twelve months, until December 8, 2024, and made amendments to the list of individuals and entities subject to restrictive measures.

The following countries joined this Council decision:

  • North Macedonia,
  • Montenegro,
  • Albania,
  • Ukraine,
  • The Republic of Moldova,
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina,
  • Iceland,
  • Liechtenstein,
  • Norway,
  • Armenia,
  • Azerbaijan.

"The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it," the statement said.


The EU extended some sanctions against Russia for human rights violations. They will remain in effect until almost the end of 2026.

Restrictions on the former director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation, Alexander Kalashnikov, Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, and Director of the Russian National Guard Viktor Zolotov were extended for three years.

12th package of sanctions against Russia

Previously, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak reported that EU ambassadors failed to agree on a new package of sanctions against Russia, this time not due to Hungary.

Austria was obstructing this, demanding that Ukraine exclude Raiffeisen Bank International from the list of international sponsors of the war.

Politico has reported that today, December 18, there will be a brief written procedure for adoption and publication of the 12th package of European Union sanctions against Russia.