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EU expands ‘black list’ of Russians and cancels EU-Russia summit in June

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU is imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government

BRUSSELS, MARCH 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The European Union has expanded the “blacklist” of Russian officials from 21 to 23 names whose travel to the EU countries is banned and bank accounts of which, if they are found in European banks, are to be frozen. No decisions on the introduction of economic sanctions were made, but the European Commission has been instructed to develop a plan of action “to reduce European Union’s energy dependence on Russia.”

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said after the first day of the summit that the name list would be known after its publication in the EU Official Journal. Russian representatives of a really high rank are present in it, he added.