Monday 29 December 2014

EU impose strict sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia's actions in Ukraine

Published 22/07/2014 | 16:11

A man lights candles before a special prayer for the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on the way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A man lights candles before a special prayer for the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

The Dutch foreign minister says the European Union is imposing new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia's actions in Ukraine.

The decision by foreign ministers from the 28-nation bloc came days after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard.

The Netherlands' Frans Timmermans said the EU's "forceful decision" imposes visa bans and asset freezes on more officials.

He says the ministers also asked the 28-nation bloc's executive arm to prepare for more forceful economic sanctions - including targeting the arms, energy and financial sectors - if Russia fails to back down from destabilizing Ukraine.

Mr Timmerman did not specify how many officials were targeted under the latest sanctions, nor did he reveal their names.

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