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EU ministers threaten further sanctions on Russia



by Joseph Earnest June 23, 2014   


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.



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.

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 course.

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.

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 Source: Radio Free Europe










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