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EU to expand “black list” for Russia, Ukraine - foreign policy service

September 06, 2014, 2:05 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
New sanctions of the European Union can come into force since September 9
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BRUSSELS, September 06, /ITAR-TASS/. The European Union on Friday made a decision to expand the black list of Russian and Ukrainian personalities whom it holds responsible for the escalation of violence in the east of Ukraine, the EU foreign policy service said.

The package of sanctions includes harsher measures related to accessing the markets of capital, defence products, dual purpose items and sensitive know-hows. Also, more names will be added to the sanction list (of those who are prohibited from entering the EU and whose assets in the territory of its countries will be frozen), the diplomatic source said.

Earlier, a source in Brussels told ITAR-TASS the EU might complement the “black list” for Russia and Ukraine with the names of 20 individuals.

The committee of the EU countries’ permanent representatives met session in Brussels on Friday to approve in principle of Wednesday’s proposals by the European Commission and the EU foreign policy service for more sanctions against Russia, but postponed their introduction till Monday.

The EU countries will not have to convene another ministerial meeting for effecting the restrictions. The decision will be authorized by the ambassadors in Brussels in written form on the basis of instructions they get from their national capitals.

Last time the EU’s black list for Russia and Ukraine changed on July 30, when eight individuals and three companies were put on the list, among them first deputy chief of Russia’s presidential staff Alexey Gromov, businessmen Arkady Rotenberg, Yuri Kovalchyuk and Nikolai Shamalov and also Russia’s National Commercial Bank, the industrial association Almaz-Antei and air carrier Dobrolyot.

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