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EU Extends Sanctions Against Russian Officials

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EU foreign ministers have decided to extend targeted sanctions against Russian officials and the militias in eastern Ukraine until September, according to Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

The first batch of sanctions, which was adopted last year and targeted specific individuals accused of fostering conflict in eastern Ukraine, was set to expire in March. The sanctions included travel bans and economic restrictions.

The EU Council has also requested that the European Commission expand the blacklist of individuals it blames for the escalation of the Ukraine conflict, Mogherini said after a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

“We have shown that the EU is ready to take further measures and to prepare further measures in the weeks to come if the situation doesn’t improve,” she said.

The council, however, has refrained from imposing broader economic measures for now.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said that Greece insisted on removing a passage which would have imposed new sanctions on Russia from the draft proposals at the ministers’ meeting. It also insisted that the final communiqué does not put direct blame for the Ukraine conflict on Russia.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the EU would need to send a clear message if the rebels in eastern Ukraine launched a full-blown offensive.

“If there were large military offensives, for example with widespread assaults on Mariupol, a clear reaction would be needed,” he told reporters.

The ministers were widely expected to step up sanctions against Russia following mounting pressure after last week’s deadly Mariupol attack. The EU has moved to steadily increase sanctions and restrictions against Moscow since Crimea joined Russia last spring.

Journalist Neil Clark told RT that the lack of extremely harsh measures reveals a division within the EU ranks.

“What we’ve seen tonight is the evidence of a real split. We haven’t had these measures that some people wanted. For example, some of the more anti-Russian elements have been calling for Russia to be banned from the SWIFT banking system.”


12 Comments on "EU Extends Sanctions Against Russian Officials"

  1. Plantagenet on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 9:23 pm 

    Its hard to see how the EU will enact any new sanctions against Russia, now that Greece is there to oppose further sanctions.

  2. Davy on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 9:42 pm 

    Greece was one of the first developed countries to enter the descent. I have said this before they are a canary to watch for how people react to descent in a developed economy. Venezuela is another example but for a developing economy. I am very happy Greece is calling the bluff of the thieves in DC and Brussels. What does Greece have to lose? Europe or global BAU for that matter can’t afford for Greece to fail and still keep the BAU gravy train going. Greece is not TBTF but Europe is and a Greece failure disrupts Europe. I don’t care what MSM says it will derail the Euro train. There are too many other dominoes waiting to fall.

    I am further happy Greece is balking at Russian sanctions. These sanctions are an absurdity in the context of a rapidly deteriorating economic and political global BAU. It is Greece that is being painted as radical when in fact they are showing maturity and reality testing. It is of profound importance that the west and Russia repair ties and asap. If we are going to mitigate the next step down we cannot have two interconnected and TBTF nodes in conflict. BAU will not survive a deterioration of this situation.

  3. dissident on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 11:55 pm 

    And Russia is quaking in fear. The Kiev regime is shelling civilians 24/7 but Russia gets sanctioned. What an Orwellian freak show is NATO. Don’t overestimate your power and value you degenerates. Over 100 civilians have been killed by the NATO installed and sponsored butcher regime in Gorlovka alone since the breakdown of the “ceasefire”.

  4. Makati1 on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 5:43 am 

    Russia bombers flying in the Channel and reminding the fools that they still hold all the good cards.

  5. JuanP on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 7:55 am 

    The conflict in Ukraine, and the USA’s role in it are the main reasons I am planning to return to Uruguay. Like I have said before this American-Russian War will likely destroy both Russia and the USA. There are no winners here, though I think Russia will outlast the USA, but they will be in bad shape, too.

    I have put up with a lot of BS from the American government in my life, including a 13 year military dictatorship in Uruguay that was organized, trained, financed, and sponsored by the USA through the CIA. I never expected the US government to lose it so badly, they are behaving in an extremely irrational, incoherent way. My heart goes out to the Americans that share my views, it must be brutal for honest thinking Americans to be forced to accept what the USA has become.

    The funny thing is that Uruguay has a real working democracy today while the USA has become an oligarchy. When I visited there this month, I felt more free and safe than I had in a long time in the USA in spite of the supposed crime. I have never feared criminals. I guess this is part of growing up in a military dictatorship, I have always considered cops more dangerous. In the USA, today’s police state constantly reminds me of the dictatorship back then.

  6. Davy on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 8:25 am 

    You Juan I like you but I think you are fooling yourself at some levels by taking this geopolitical situation so serious. If Russia and the US destroy themselves so goes the world. I don’t know the science but maybe Uruguay is a refuge per location and the science of nuclear winter. If there is no war there is no way to know if your place is better than mine. It will be definitely better than south Florida.

    I would be less worried about the macro and start focusing on the local. I know you will have a comeback and give me a dose of your point of view and I respect that. This is just my take. Pastures are not always greener as we think. You are making the right decision getting out of South Florida.

    All these people obsessing on how bad the US is in Ukraine are not fair and balanced this is a global situation driven by a complex web or many issues. It would be so nice if it were simple in 19th century frame of mind. This is the 21st century of hyper complexity and interconnectivity. There is no decouple and no place to hide. If you want to play the blame game we can go all the way back to Adam and Eve. Fuck that and fuck the horse the blame game rode in on.

  7. Boat on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 9:36 am 

    Juan, I have commented several times on nuclear confrontation. The entire world would die. Only 10 or so nukes over large cities would put so much debris in the air there would be climate freeze for the entire earth. Moving would not save anybody.

  8. penury on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 1:56 pm 

    Why is it news when your poodle licks your hand? At this point the EU and NATO are almost as independent from the U.S. as Baltimore. Love your catamite and keep the dream alive. USA USA

  9. Makati1 on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 8:01 pm 

    JuanP, south of the equator is safer than any place north. Some believe that a nuclear exchange would end life on earth. That depends on so many variables that no one really knows. After all, there has been over 2,000 nuclear explosions/tests since 1945. Many of them air bursts and we are still here.

    You are correct about cities being the targets and most will be American and European, no matter if it is Russia and/or China that is the enemy. Europe is minutes from Russia. They should not be beating on the Russian Bear. Stupidity and arrogance is rampant in Western leadership these days.

    Here is a time lapse of those nuke tests.

  10. Makati1 on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 8:03 pm 

    Davy, your BS is getting deeper…

  11. GregT on Sat, 31st Jan 2015 10:20 pm 

    “All these people obsessing on how bad the US is in Ukraine are not fair and balanced this is a global situation driven by a complex web or many issues. It would be so nice if it were simple in 19th century frame of mind.”

    It is much simpler than many seem to realize Davy. Our oligarchs in the West, against the oligarchs in the East. The East is rising up, the West is losing its power due to decades of fiscal mismanagement, oppression, and corruption. The west is going down kicking, biting, and screaming. The East is not attacking the West, the West is attacking the East. So far it is mostly an economic war, with a few proxies thrown in for good measure.

  12. Davy on Sun, 1st Feb 2015 6:49 am 

    Greg you said “The East is rising up, the West is losing its power due to decades of fiscal mismanagement, oppression, and corruption.” Greg come on the epitome of corruption and manipulation and decay is in the East. Did you watch “Putin’s Way”? You can claim propaganda all you like but those are some hard realities of the whole Russia society. The “China way” is even more corrupt. The Chinese have taken it to a new and higher level of surreal economics. What can be more and higher decay than the massive overpopulation and breeching of carrying capacity of Asia? Nothing can compare and nothing ever will because that my friend is the trigger for the TEOWAKI. No doubt the west is in a society ending corruption but please don’t tell me more of what Mak tells us about Asia.

    The west is losing power relative to the east. It is and has been in decline and will continue in decline. IMA this decline is beneficial for unconscious preparations for the end of BAU. The east is in a cancerous hyper growth of export related industrialism coupled with gross overpopulation growth. This is absolutely the wrong combination heading in the wrong direction. The west is in its twilight of power but it is still by all measures equal to the east. It is just the momentum of the west is descent. This is precisely the direction of BAU and this represents the right direction to be in. Asia is a death trap in the making. Asia is destroying its countryside into horrible brownfield industrial sites. What could be more evil than that? i.e. destroying your mother.

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