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The Council has extended the restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months, until 15 March 2020.

Following the change of government in June 2019, the Republic of Moldova has moved resolutely with the implementation of key reforms to address the deterioration of democratic standards and the rule of law, in order to allow citizens to fully benefit from the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.

The Development of Telecommunications Infrastructure at the Belarus-Lithuania Border (BOMBEL 4) Project, a joint international technical assistance project of the European Union, the State Border Committee of Belarus and the State Border Guard Service of the Ministry of the Interior of Lithuania, was officially launched in Minsk on 6 September.

A conference was held in Minsk on 5 September 2019 to present a new project, funded by the European Union, to support the digital economy and society, with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus and the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus.

Local and regional elections were held in the Russian Federation on 8 September and in the Crimean peninsula. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and continues to condemn this violation of international law. Therefore, the European Union does not recognise the holding of elections in the Crimean peninsula. Anybody elected in the Crimean peninsula claiming to "represent" the populations of Crimea and Sevastopol will not be recognised as representatives of those territories, which are Ukrainian.


Today a prisoner exchange took place between Ukraine and Russia. 

This means that finally Oleg Sentsov, Pavlo Hryb, Edem Bekirov, the 24 captured Ukrainian sailors, and others whose release the European Union has called for so many times, are free and back in their

High Representative/Vice President Mogherini meets with President of Moldova Igor Dodon


On 1 September 2004 the School Number One in Beslan, Russia, was attacked by terrorists. On today’s fifteenth anniversary we remember the more than 300 victims, including 186 children, who died during the three-day siege.
We stand in solidarity with and support of those who have lost their loved ones. There is no place for terrorism anywhere in the world