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EU extends sanctions against Russia

16 february 2015 | 14:28

Russian pop idol, Kobzon, two Deputy Defense Ministers and militant's leaders are in the new sanctions list.

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The sanctions list has been published in the Official Journal of the EU
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EU has expanded the list of sanctioned people and entities, adding 19 persons and 9 companies.

The First Deputy Defense Minister of Russia, Arkadiy Bahin and Deputy Defense Minister Anatoliy Antonov, Russian Duma MP and pop idol, Iosif Kobzon, the head of Moscow's Communist Party Valeriy Rashkin and two more Russians are in the new list.

In addition, the list includes the head of the main operational unit at the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov.

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These restrictive measures have been published in the Official Journal of the EU, and are effective now.

The list also includes the first commander of the Cossacks' regiment Pavel Dryomov, Alexey Milchakov (call sign "Fritz"), the "Sparta" battalion commander, Arseniy Pavlov (call sign "Motorola"), the "Somali" battalion commander Mikhail Tolstykh (call sign "Givi"), so-called Deputy Commander of the Defence Ministry at the "DPR" Eduard Basurin, Minister of Justice of the "DPR" Alexander Shubin, and the deputy head of the "DPR's" Council of Ministers, Sergey Litvin. The list has a number of "LPR" officials too.

In addition, sanctions have been imposed on Cossack National Guard, "Sparta" battalion, "Somali" battalion, "Zorya" (Star) battalion, "Prizrak" (Ghost) battalion, "Oplot" (Stronghold) battalion, "Kalmius" battalion, "Death" battalion and "New Russia" movement.

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Thus, the sanctions list includes 151 people now. Among them are the Russian and Ukrainian citizens. The list also names 37 companies which are sanctioned by the EU.

The Russian MPs have reacted to the sanctions by saying that these measures contradict the new Minsk agreements.

On February 9, the EU Council of Ministers decided to tighten sanctions against Russia and so-called "DPR" and "LPR". The sanctions take effect from the date of publication, 16 February. In addition, France threatens increased sanctions for failure to comply with the new Minsk agreements.

Source: Interfax-Ukraine

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