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Ukraine parliament sends anti-Russian sanctions bill to president for signature

August 27, 2014, 13:04 UTC+3 KIEV
The bill provides for Ukraine to terminate all trade agreements with Russia, stop all joint projects and industrial programs in certain spheres, including defense and security
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Ukrainian parliament in session

Ukrainian parliament in session

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KIEV, August 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Oleksander Turchynov has sent a bill on anti-Russian sanctions adopted by the country’s legislature to President Petro Poroshenko for signature, the local TV company TSN reported on Wednesday.

The TV company did not specify when exactly the anti-Russian sanctions law had been submitted to the presidential administration.

The Ukrainian parliament adopted a package of anti-Russian sanctions by 242 votes on August 14.

The law gives Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council the right to block assets, restrict trade operations, stop, fully or partially, the transit of resources, air flights and haulages via the Ukrainian territory; prevent an outflow of capital, suspend the implementation of financial and economic obligations and annul licenses.

In addition, the anti-Russian measures may ban or restrict Russian sea vessels from calling at Ukrainian ports and entering Ukraine’s territorial waters and bar planes from entering the Ukrainian airspace and landing at Ukraine’s airports.

Ukraine is supposed to terminate all trade agreements with Russia, stop all joint projects and industrial programs in certain spheres, including defense and security.

The measures also provide for stopping cultural exchanges, scientific cooperation, educational and sport contacts, entertainment programs; denying visas to the residents of foreign countries and cancelling official visits, meetings and talks for the conclusion of treaties and agreements.

Prior to the final vote, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that a ban of mail services and restrictions on media and printed editions should be excluded from the anti-Russian package. “Such decisions can be passed in Ukrainian courts,” the premier explained.

At the same time, the Ukrainian government suggested imposing sanctions against 174 Russians and citizens of other states, as well as 65 Russian companies.

“Decisions on this issue should be made by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine,” he said.

Proposals on the use of sanctions will be considered by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine upon recommendation by the Ukrainian parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers, the National Bank of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine.

Sanctions will be imposed by decrees of the Ukrainian president. The anti-Russian sanctions law will come into effect on the following day after it is published.

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