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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

Visa restriction to Ukrainian Russian leaders

The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) agreed today to punish 21 Russians and Ukrainians held responsible for the instability in the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea. For its part, the US has also joined the sanctions and said that the referendum result will not be recognized. The Twenty-eight decided, at a meeting in Brussels, restrict visas and freeze assets on Community territory of these people, said on Twitter the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, who warned that "further measures will be approved in the coming days ".

It is 13 Russians and 8 Ukrainians, as confirmed by diplomatic sources, who added that this list of sanctioned could join more names on the summit to celebrate the Heads of State and Government of the EU on 20 and 21 March. The list with the names of sanctioned this afternoon will be known, when emergency published in the Official Journal of the European Union, EU sources confirmed to Efe. European leaders agreed on March 6, a first round of sanctions against Russia by suspending negotiations to liberalize visas and for a new framework agreement. The foreign ministers today have passed to the second phase of sanctions aimed the European Council, including visa restrictions and assets that are held responsible for the instability in the Crimea. In a third phase of restrictive measures if the situation does not improve, the European Council considers options can have "consequences" for relations between the EU and Russia in various economic areas. Diplomatic sources said that is not expected to reach that end at the top of this week, but it itself could expand the list of persons sanctioned individually. European ministers also expressed their unanimous rejection of the referendum organized by pro-Russian forces in Crimea, they considered "illegal" by not adjusted or the Ukrainian Constitution or international law.

United States Meanwhile, the US also joined the sanctions. US President Barack Obama has decreed sanctions against seven Russian officials in response to the referendum in Ukraine's Crimea Autonomous Region, whose population voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia. Obama also ordered sanctions against four Ukrainians, including ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, who is in Russia. Among the Russians sanctioned include Vladislav Surkov and Sergey Glazyev, aides to President Vladimir Putin, President of the Federation Council (Senate), Valentina Matvienko, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. The sanctions are aimed at striking the "personal wealth" of these "cronies" of Putin, said a senior US official on condition of anonymity in a conference call with reporters. Putin is not among those affected by the executive order signed by Obama, because it is "highly unusual" and "quite extraordinary" for the US "punish the head of government of another country," argued the senior official. Among the Ukrainians they are sanctioned two separatist leaders in Crimea and Yanukovich, ousted after three months of intense street protests that were violently suppressed. Assets and properties in the United States of eleven individuals sanctioned today will be frozen and US citizens are prohibited from doing business with them. US President Barack Obama is anticipated that these sanctions can happen to others if Russia does not rectify its position on the Ukrainian crisis.

"We are ready to impose sanctions," warned Obama in an appearance at the White House, which has also emphasized that the referendum on Crimea was "a clear violation" of Ukrainian law and, therefore, its results They will be recognized.

The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) agreed today to punish 21 Russians and Ukrainians held responsible for the instability in the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea. For its part, the US has also joined the sanctions and said that the referendum result will not be recognized

The Twenty-eight decided, at a meeting in Brussels, restrict visas and freeze assets on Community territory of these people, said on Twitter the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, who warned that "further measures will be approved in the coming days ".

It is 13 Russians and 8 Ukrainians, according to diplomatic sources confirmed that added to this list of sanctioned could join more names on the summit to celebrate the Heads of State and Government of the EU on 20 and 21 March. The list with the names of sanctioned this afternoon will be known, when emergency published in the Official Journal of the European Union, EU sources confirmed to Efe.

European leaders agreed on March 6, a first round of sanctions against Russia by suspending negotiations to liberalize visas and for a new framework agreement. The foreign ministers today have passed to the second phase of sanctions aimed the European Council, including visa restrictions and assets that are held responsible for the instability in the Crimea. In a third phase of restrictive measures if the situation does not improve, the European Council considers options can have "consequences" for relations between the EU and Russia in various economic areas. Diplomatic sources said that is not expected to reach that end at the top of this week, but it itself could expand the list of persons sanctioned individually.

European ministers also expressed their unanimous rejection of the referendum organized by pro-Russian forces in Crimea, they considered "illegal" by not adjusted or the Ukrainian Constitution or international law. United States Meanwhile, the US also joined the sanctions. US President Barack Obama has decreed sanctions against seven Russian officials in response to the referendum in Ukraine's Crimea Autonomous Region, whose population voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia. Obama also ordered sanctions against four Ukrainians, including ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, who is in Russia. Among the Russians sanctioned include Vladislav Surkov and Sergey Glazyev, aides to President Vladimir Putin, President of the Federation Council (Senate), Valentina Matvienko, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. The sanctions are aimed at striking the "personal wealth" of these "cronies" of Putin, said a senior US official on condition of anonymity in a conference call with reporters. Putin is not among those affected by the executive order signed by Obama, because it is "highly unusual" and "quite extraordinary" for the US "punish the head of government of another country," argued the senior official. Among the Ukrainians they are sanctioned two separatist leaders in Crimea and Yanukovich, ousted after three months of intense street protests that were violently suppressed. Assets and properties in the United States of eleven individuals sanctioned today will be frozen and US citizens are prohibited from doing business with them. US President Barack Obama is anticipated that these sanctions can happen to others if Russia does not rectify its position on the Ukrainian crisis.

"We are ready to impose sanctions," warned Obama in an appearance at the White House, which has also emphasized that the referendum on Crimea was "a clear violation" of Ukrainian law and, therefore, its results They will be recognized.

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