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Aug 6, 2014

NATO fears ground invasion as Russia masses troops on Ukraine border

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbor.

With fighting escalating and rebels losing ground in the weeks since a Malaysian airliner was shot down over separatist-held territory, Russia has announced military exercises this week in the border region.

Jul 31, 2014

EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets 5 Russian banks

BRUSSELS, July 31 (Reuters) – The European Union has
published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut
off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow’s support
for rebels in Ukraine.

Russia has denounced the measures, agreed by the 28 EU
member states on Tuesday, as “destructive and short-sighted”,
while fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine between Kiev
forces and the pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 31, 2014

EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet

BRUSSELS, July 31 (Reuters) – The European Union formally
adopted sanctions on Thursday curbing arms sales to Russia and
cutting off financing for targeted banks over Moscow’s support
for rebels in Ukraine.

Russia has denounced the measures, agreed by the 28 EU
member states on Tuesday, as “destructive and short-sighted”,
while fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine between Kiev
forces and the pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 30, 2014

EU names 8 Russians, three firms subject to asset freeze

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission published the names of eight Russians, including some of President Vladimir Putin’s associates, and three companies which will have their assets frozen as part of sanctions against Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine.

The people on the list include Arkady Rotenberg who is Putin’s long-time judo partner, and already on a U.S. sanctions list since March.

Jul 30, 2014

Russian bank subsidiaries in EU to escape sanctions: sources

VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russian bank subsidiaries based in the European Union will be exempt from EU economic sanctions designed to choke off finance for big state-owned Russian lenders, sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters on Wednesday.

These sources said the exemption, which EU officials said they would monitor closely to avoid abuse, meant Sberbank and VTB subsidiaries could operate normally within EU member states.

Jul 29, 2014

EU agrees economic sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS, July 29 (Reuters) – The European Union reached
agreement on Tuesday on the bloc’s first broad economic
sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said,
marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow
and the West since the Cold War.

The measures will shut state-owned Russian banks out of
European capital markets and target the defence sector and
sensitive technologies, including oil, but exclude the vital gas
sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent.

Jul 29, 2014

EU meets to thrash out economic sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU diplomats met to forge a deal on Tuesday on the bloc’s first broad economic sanctions on Russia, to try to force President Vladimir Putin to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

After months of hesitation from the European Union, the downing of a civilian flight over Ukraine earlier this month, killing all 298 people on board, has strengthened the bloc’s resolve to act and bear the brunt of any possible economic measures against Russia.

Jul 28, 2014

EU reaches preliminary deal on new names for Ukraine sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU diplomats reached a preliminary agreement on Monday on a list of associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and companies that will face sanctions as part of tougher measures over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, EU sources said.

During more than three hours of talks, they also agreed on new measures to restrict trade and investment in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.

Jul 26, 2014

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.

The sanctions on access to capital markets, arms and hi-tech goods are also likely to apply only to future contracts, leaving France free to go ahead with the controversial delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers being built for Russia.

Jul 25, 2014

EU reaches preliminary deal on Russia economic sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement on Friday to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but details remained to be worked out, diplomats said.

The 28-nation EU has toughened its stance towards Moscow since last week’s downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.