US President Donald Trump has extended a national emergency that serves as the basis for imposing sanctions against Russia in regards to its alleged involvement in Ukrainian crisis for one year. In his announcement, Trump said that the extension is tied to the continued alleged actions and policies of Russia.
The sanctions also target people and organisations that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine, endanger its sovereignty, territorial integrity and aid in the misappropriation of its assets.
The US imposed sanctions against Russia following the unfolding of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014. The sanctions have since been expanded several times to include more individuals, entities and entire economic sectors. The last such expansion took place on January 2018, when 21 individuals and 12 entities were added to the sanctions list.