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Mar 20, 2014

Europe set to add names to Russia sanctions list, weigh energy issues

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European leaders will agree to expand a list of those subject to travel bans and asset freezes on Thursday but stop short of harder-hitting measures against Russia over Crimea, biding their time to retain EU unity and gauge Moscow’s reaction.

With Russian officials so far mocking the EU’s response to the seizure of Crimea, leaders are expected add around a dozen names to the 21 Russians and Crimeans placed under EU travel bans and asset freezes last week.

Mar 20, 2014

Russia races to complete Crimea annexation, EU ponders sanctions

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region in defiance of Ukrainian and Western condemnation, as EU leaders gathered to consider imposing tough economic sanctions against Moscow – but not yet.

The State Duma lower house of parliament approved a treaty on Thursday incorporating the Black Sea peninsula, captured from Ukraine, into the Russian Federation, even as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Moscow for talks on the crisis.

Mar 20, 2014

Europe weighs Russia sanctions, energy security at summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European leaders hold critical talks on Thursday about how to tighten the screws on Russia following its seizure of Crimea, how to support Ukraine’s stricken economy and how best to wean themselves off Russian oil and gas in years to come.

With President Vladimir Putin celebrating Crimea’s addition to the Russian Federation, and his officials mocking the EU’s response so far, leaders are expected add around a dozen names to the 21 Russians and Crimeans already placed on a travel-ban and asset-freeze list.

Mar 20, 2014

Doubts grow over European response to Russia over Crimea

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) – As Russian President Vladimir
Putin celebrates his seizure of Crimea, European Union leaders
hold critical talks on Thursday on how to respond amid growing
doubts over whether they are united enough to impose
hard-hitting sanctions on Moscow.

The EU’s foreign ministers agreed this week to subject 21
Russians and Crimeans to travel bans and asset freezes, but it
was a relatively minor response mocked by Russian officials as
ineffectual and ultimately meaningless.

Mar 18, 2014

Insight – Calls to escalate Russia sanctions leave EU in a quandary

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Mocked by Moscow, the European Union needs to impose far tougher sanctions over Crimea to make President Vladimir Putin sit up and pay attention, but its ability to agree them is limited – and may not be achievable at all.

Russia’s response to the first phase of EU sanctions – travel bans and asset freezes on 13 Russian and eight Crimeans – has been dismissive. Deputy PM Rogozin took to Twitter to ridicule the EU and the United States, calling their steps weak and meaningless.

Mar 18, 2014

Calls to escalate Russia sanctions leave EU in a quandary

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Mocked by Moscow, the European Union needs to impose far tougher sanctions over Crimea to make President Vladimir Putin sit up and pay attention, but its ability to agree them is limited – and may not be achievable at all.

Russia’s response to the first phase of EU sanctions – travel bans and asset freezes on 13 Russian and eight Crimeans – has been dismissive. Deputy PM Rogozin took to Twitter to ridicule the EU and the United States, calling their steps weak and meaningless.

Mar 17, 2014

Crimea asks to join Russia after Soviet-style vote

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Crimea formally applied to join Russia on Monday after its leaders declared a Soviet-style 97-percent vote in favor of quitting Ukraine in a referendum condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West that will trigger immediate sanctions.

European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels to decide on visa bans and asset freezes against Russian and Crimean officials held responsible for Moscow’s military seizure of the southern Ukrainian region that is home to its Black Sea fleet.

Mar 12, 2014

Exclusive – EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft document reviewed by Reuters.

The seven-page document describes in detail the restrictive measures to be taken against Moscow if it does not reverse course in Crimea and start to engage with international mediators on efforts to resolve the crisis.

Mar 12, 2014

EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia

BRUSSELS, March 12 (Reuters) – European Union member states
have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel
restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for
violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft
document reviewed by Reuters.

The seven-page document describes in detail the restrictive
measures to be taken against Moscow if it does not reverse
course in Crimea and start to engage with international
mediators on efforts to resolve the crisis.

Mar 12, 2014

Exclusive: EU approves framework and wording for sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

The seven-page document describes in detail the restrictive measures to be taken against Moscow if it does not reverse course in Crimea and begin talks with international mediators on efforts to resolve the crisis over Ukraine.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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      1997
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