On 17 November 2014, the Council of the European Union met in Brussels to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The Council announced that ‘having assessed the situation on the ground’ it will impose ‘additional listings targeting [Ukrainian] separatists’ involved in the recent disputed elections.
The EU will publish the names of the new sanctions targets to be added to the list of those subject to asset freezes and travel bans once a list of subjects has been agreed. The measures will target individuals accused of destabilising the country through the holding of disputed local elections in eastern Ukraine in early November 2014. The EU has repeatedly stated that it views the elections as illegal, while the outcome of the elections was recognised by Moscow.
Although the ministers discussed the issue, no decision was taken to impose further sanctions on Russia in addition to the latest round of sanctions (see our previous blog post here).
We will publish the names of the new sanctions targets on this blog once they are announced. A full list of sanctions currently in force against Russia and Ukraine can be found on the ‘sanctions in force’ section of this blog.