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May 12, 2014

EU adds top Putin aide, two Crimea energy firms to sanctions list

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the commander of Russian paratroopers as well as two confiscated Crimean energy companies, raising pressure on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine.

Putin’s first deputy chief of staff, Vyacheslav Volodin, and Vladimir Shamanov, the commander of Russian airborne troops that took part in Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March, were among 13 people added to the EU’s sanctions list.

May 12, 2014

EU widens sanctions a notch to raise pressure on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union was set to take a cautious step towards extending sanctions against Russia on Monday, targeting companies, as well as people, linked to Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Ministers meeting in Brussels also discussed what would trigger more hard-hitting economic sanctions on the Russian economy with big EU powers Germany, France and Britain all threatening tougher action against Moscow if it undermined the May 25 Ukrainian presidential election.

May 12, 2014

EU moves cautiously to raise pressure on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is set to step up pressure on Russia on Monday by taking a first cautious step towards extending sanctions to companies, as well as people, linked to Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Discussions among EU foreign ministers in Brussels will again be dominated by the Ukraine crisis after pro-Moscow rebels held a referendum on self-rule in parts of eastern Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared up again.

May 9, 2014

EU set to add first companies to Russia sanctions list

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union ambassadors have agreed in principle to add about 15 people and several Crimean-based companies to the bloc’s list of sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, EU diplomats said on Friday.

The EU has so far imposed asset freezes and visa bans on 48 Russians and Ukrainians over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea but it will be the first time the 28-nation bloc has targeted companies.

May 7, 2014

NATO experts advise Ukraine on nuclear plant safety

BRUSSELS, May 7 (Reuters) – NATO experts have visited
Ukraine to advise authorities there on improving the safety of
nuclear power plants, gas pipelines and other critical
infrastructure amid growing violence and fears of conflict with
Russia, officials said on Wednesday.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to NATO, Ihor Dolhov, said the NATO
civilian experts had visited Ukraine last month to assess
critical infrastructure such as nuclear plants, pumping stations
for gas pipelines and hydro-electric plants.

Apr 29, 2014

EU sanctions 15 politicians and military leaders over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union broadened sanctions on Russia on Tuesday, imposing asset freezes and visa bans on 15 Russian officials or Ukrainian rebel leaders, but many EU states are wary of going further and applying more intense economic pressure on Russia.

The EU targeted a number of high-ranking Russian officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, and Russia’s senior general, Valery Gerasimov, and pro-Russian separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine, but steered clear of sanctions on business leaders.

Apr 28, 2014

EU adds 15 to sanctions list over Russia’s actions in Ukraine

BRUSSELS, April 28 (Reuters) – The European Union imposed
asset freezes and visa bans on 15 more Russians and Ukrainians
on Monday as part of expanded sanctions on Moscow over its
actions in Ukraine.

The decision brings to 48 the number of people that the EU
has put under sanctions for, it says, helping undermine
Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Apr 23, 2014

U.S. will allow just “days” for implementation of Geneva deal

BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) – Russia has not fulfilled its
part of an international agreement to defuse tension in Ukraine
and Washington will only wait “days” more for the accord to be
implemented, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

“Russia has not taken the steps that it needs to take” under
the agreement reached in Geneva last week, Daniel Baer, the U.S.
Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE), said.

Apr 22, 2014

EU gives Geneva deal a chance before adopting new Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is holding off imposing further sanctions on Russia for now over its actions in Ukraine until it sees if a deal reached in Geneva last week works, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.

EU foreign ministers agreed on April 14 to step up sanctions by expanding their list of 33 people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans for their roles in Moscow’s seizure and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in February.

Apr 17, 2014

NATO to send ships to Baltic to bolster defense of eastern European allies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defense of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.

Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter planes as its contribution to NATO efforts to beef up its presence in eastern Europe and reassure nervous allies there that NATO would protect them in the event of any Russian aggression.

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