Skip to comments.EU Sanctions Hit Russian Intelligence Officials, Russia Says Anti-Terrorism Weakened
Posted on 07/26/2014 11:59:22 PM PDT by wetphoenix
BRUSSELS The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.
Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban were Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security Service, and Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB department that oversees international operations and intelligence activity. Four members of Russias Security Council were also included on the EU list.
The new measures, designed to put pressure on Moscow and its allies in Ukraine, were announced in the EUs Official Journal, and took effect immediately. Eighteen organizations or businesses, including rebel formations in Ukraines east, were added to the trade blocs sanctions list at the same time.
The action brought the total number of people under EU sanction in connection with Russias annexation of Crimea and the revolt in eastern Ukraine to 87. Two Crimea-based energy businesses had already had their EU holdings frozen.
Earlier on Friday, EU ambassadors reached a preliminary deal to go even further in sanctioning Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.
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