The European Union (EU) has officially adopted sanctions against Russia for recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR). This is reported RIA News with reference to the EU statement.
The sanctions list included 351 State Duma deputies who voted in support of an appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to recognize the republics, and another 27 individuals and organizations “played a role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.” In addition, the EU decided to impose restrictions on banks that support the actions of the Russian authorities in the DNR and LNR or benefit from them.
The statement clarifies that the European Union is ready to quickly adopt additional sanctions against Russia if necessary. “The EU calls on Russia to reconsider the recognition of the non-government-controlled territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions <...> The EU also calls on other states not to follow the illegal decision to recognize the declared independence,” the document says.
On Tuesday, February 22, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, revealed the details of the sanctions against Russia after the recognition of the DNR and LNR. According to him, the new restrictions will not allow State Duma deputies to go shopping in Milan and parties in Saint-Tropez. “No more shopping in Milan, no more parties in Saint-Tropez, no more diamonds in Antwerp,” Borrell said.
On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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