"Candidate countries Montenegro and Albania, Norway, which is the European Economic Area state, as well as Ukraine and Georgia have joined the declaration," reads the statement of High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Radio Liberty reports.
The countries guarantee that their national policies will be in line with the decision of the Council of the European Union on anti-Russian sanctions.
On June 18, the Council of the European Union extended the sanctions against Russia over the illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea and Sevastopol for another year. Restrictions apply to individuals and companies that have their departments within the EU.
The sanctions, which were extended until June 23, 2019, provide for, inter alia, the ban on import of goods produced in Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU, investments in Crimea, export of certain goods and technologies for Crimean companies.