On 16 February 2015, EU sanctions against 19 individuals and 9 entities in respect of the situation in Ukraine came into force. The additions to the Ukrainian sanctions list were agreed by EU foreign ministers on 9 February, with their implementation delayed by a week in view of the peace talks in Minsk. We previously reported on this matter here.
Among those listed in the new additions are Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Defence, Arkady Bakhin, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defence, Anatoly Antonov, and the deputy chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, Andrei Kartapolov.
Also listed is Joseph Kobzon, a member of the Russian parliament who voted for Russia’s annexation of Crimea and has visited Donetsk in support of separatist fighters. He is currently honorary consul of the self-declared Donetsk republic. Previously a professional singer, Kobzon was honoured in 1980 as a “people’s artist of the USSR”.
Speaking on 13 February 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that the sanctions would be entering into force on 16 February 2015, adding that the European Commission “was called on to prepare new possible sanctions against Russia if necessary. The EU should be open to all of the possibilities to respond”.
A full list of sanctions currently in force against Russia can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.