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EU set to blacklist more Russians
29 Jan 2015 22:10
EU foreign ministers have agreed to renew existing sanctions against Russia and are preparing to blacklist further individuals associated with Moscow's alleged involvement in destabilising Ukraine and with the takeover of Crimea.
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However, they stopped short of escalating existing sanctions in the financial services and energy sectors, leaving it up to EU leaders to decide on any such measures when they meet for a formal summit in March.
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It is understood EU leaders will decide then whether or not to take tougher action depending on Russia's compliance with the Minsk Agreement.
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That accord, reached last September, required Russia to prevent the movement of heavy weapons and not to send troops across the border into eastern Ukraine.
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EU foreign ministers were meeting in emergency session following the escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine, including the shelling of civilian areas in the port city of Mariupol.
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