EU formally extends Russia sanctions

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Posted: Dec 19, 2016 9:48 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months on Monday after completing the legislative process for a decision endorsed last week by national leaders at an EU summit.

Sanctions introduced in July 2014 in response to Russian action in Ukraine will now run until July 31, 2017, the European Council confirmed in a statement.

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; @macdonaldrtr)