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EU to include 15 individuals to Russia sanctions list diplomats

EU reaches preliminary accord to add 15 people to Russia sanctions list diplomats

European Union governments reached an initial agreement on Monday to demand visa restrictions and asset freezes on 15 more individuals included in extended sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine, diplomats said.

An EU process to accept the sanctions doesn’t finish until 5 p.m. (11 a.m. ET) but that’s regarded as a custom, EU diplomats said. The names of these to be put into the number won’t be made public until they’re printed within the EU’s Official Journal on Tuesday.

EU to include 15 individuals to Russia sanctions list diplomats

EU to include 15 individuals to Russia sanctions list diplomats

The EU decision coincided with a White House statement the United States was imposing sanctions against eight Russians, including 17 businesses associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin, head of Russia’s major oil company Rosneft, and Igor Sechin.

America continues to be a lot more intense within the fines it’s imposed on Russia than has got the 28-nation European Union, which depends heavily on Russia for energy.

The EU has previously added travel restrictions and asset freezes on Crimeans and 33 Russians due to their part in Russia’s seizure of Crimea.

The EU’s European Commission is drawing up a summary of tougher economic sanctions that would be imposed on Russia, however the EU is divided between nations in support of tougher activity, including Britain, France, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic as well as the Baltic nations, and people that are unwilling, for example Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Malta.

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