U.S. President Donald Trump has extended for a further 12 months sanctions imposed on Russian over the annexation of Crimea.
Trump in his statement said, “the actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation, including its purported annexation of Crimea and its use of force in Ukraine, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
“Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 with respect to Ukraine,” Trump stressed.
The US first imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014 over illegal annexation of Crimea and military intervention in the Donbas.
The Trump administration has extended sanctions in 2018.