Newscast Media LONDON—There are no grounds for Russia to impose retaliatory
sanctions against Western countries, a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
official told RIA Novosti.
“There are no grounds for Russia to impose these sanctions. We have been pushing
for a strong and determined international response to Russia’s unacceptable behavior
in Ukraine. We have been clear that we are prepared to play our part and that there
will be some costs, but this does not diminish our commitment. Instead of retaliating,
Russia should be using its influence with the violent Russian-backed separatists to
stop destabilizing Ukraine,” the official said.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin singed an order on economic
measures to protect the country’s security. The decree banned for a year imports of
agricultural and food products from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.
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As fighting continued between Ukrainian forces and pro-Moscow rebels, more residents of towns and
villages in eastern Ukraine made their way toward the border and sought refuge in Russia’s Rostov
region on June 21.
Newscast Media BRUSSELS—Several European foreign ministers are threatening
further sanctions if Russia fails to both cooperate with Ukraine’s proposed peace plan
and halt what Europe sees as interference in the country’s east.
The bloc has so far ordered visa bans and asset freezes for officials but refrained
from imposing broader economic sanctions on Russia.
Ahead of the EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on June 23, British Foreign
Secretary William Hague said the EU will be able to agree further measures at a
summit of EU leaders on June 27, if necessary.
He said Moscow must be in “no doubt” it faces further sanctions.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt accused Russia of “conducting a propaganda war
with full speed,” adding that Moscow must face further sanctions unless it changes
Meanwhile, the European Council said it has finalized technical preparations ahead of
the signature of an Association Agreement with Kyiv in Brussels on June 27.
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Moscow says it will respond if the EU imposes sanctions
on Russia over its occupation of Crimea. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on March 7
that “Russia will not accept the language of sanctions and threats” and that if they
are implemented, “they will not be left without a response.”
The EU has said it will consider asset freezes and travel bans if the Russian
government does not start negotiations with Ukrainian authorities in the “next few
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