EU Approves Sanctions Against 8 Russians Involved in Kerch Strait Attack
EU Ambassadors have approved a sanctions package against 8 Russians involved in the illegal attack near the Kerch Strait on Ukrainian Navy vessels
Photo from Petro Poroshenko Facebook
Ambassadors of the European Union approved the introduction of additional sanctions against Russian citizens. Bank accounts for eight people believed to have been involved in the capture of Ukrainian Navy sailors and ships near the Kerch Strait on November 25, will be frozen, Radio Liberty reported. Additionally, sanctions include an EU entry ban.
According to Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak’s Twitter post, the decision will be formally approved next week.
Members of Russian security services, who participated in capture, and judges that issued court decisions about the illegal detention of the sailors are among these eight persons.
In addition, the already existing sanctions against 163 people and 44 legal entities responsible for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine will be officially prolonged for an additional six months next week.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko welcomed the decision to launch a new Azov package of sanctions towards Russia.
“I am grateful for the support of my initiative and unwavering solidarity and unity with the Ukrainian people in countering the Russian aggressor. We ensure strong international pressure on the Kremlin for the release of our prisoners of war, restoration of freedom of navigation in the Sea of Azov, implementation of the international status of the Kerch Strait as well as lifting the Russian economic blockade of the Ukrainian Azov region. I am going to visit Brussels soon to continue coordination of joint actions with the EU and NATO,” Poroshenko said.
Ukrainian Navy sailors were captured on November 25, 2018 near the Kerch Strait. Russian border guards first rammed and then fired on three Ukrainian ships, capturing them and the 24 members of their crews.
Ukraine considers the illegally captured and detained sailors to be prisoners of war and demands their immediate release.
|Source||Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty|
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