EU FOREIGN MINISTERS AGREE NEW ADDITIONS TO UKRAINIAN SANCTIONS LIST BUT DELAY IMPLEMENTATION

On 9 February 2015, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that proposed sanctions against a list of nineteen individuals and nine entities in respect of the situation in Ukraine (previously reported on this blog here) have been agreed in principle by EU foreign ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council.  However, he noted that implementation “will depend on results on the ground” and that ministers would “assess the situation again next Monday”.

EU Diplomats have indicated that the new sanctions are due to enter force on 16 February 2015 and that the delay is to give negotiations with Russia a chance.  The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France are due to meet in Minsk on Wednesday to discuss a peace plan for eastern Ukraine.

It is reported that UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has secured agreement from Member States that a further meeting of EU foreign ministers be required in order to stop the sanctions from coming into force.

A full list of sanctions currently in force against Ukraine can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this website.

This entry was posted in Latest EU Measures, Russia, Ukraine by Maya Lester QC. Bookmark the permalink.

About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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