17 March 2014 Crimea applies to be part of Russian Federation after public vote to leave Ukraine.
Below are reports of G7 and European Union sanctions and current crisis engulfing Ukraine and Russia. ~Ron
EU foreign ministers levy sanctions after Crimean public vote referendum
The E.U. and U.S. have announced sanctions against individuals.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels said they wanted to send a strong signal to Moscow.
- “It is a day on which clear messages need to happen,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said following the three-hour meeting in Brussels. According to him, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet commander Alexander Vitko was on the EU ban list, alongside several members of Russia’s parliament.
- A statement from the White House followed soon after confirming that U.S. Pres. Barack Obama had ordered sanctions against at least seven other individuals linked to the crisis, including ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
- The Czech Republic’s foreign minister, Lubomir Zaoralek, told reporters that they were focusing on 20 “political individuals” to levy sanctions against by the end of Monday, “This is to be the first set and I would not rule out that this list can be widened at the next meeting of the Council,” Zaoralek said, referring to the EU Council’s next scheduled meeting on Thursday 20 March 2014.
- “The Republic of Crimea appeals to the United Nations and to all countries of the world to recognize it as an independent state,” a document approved by Crimea’s regional assembly said.
- A Crimean parliamentary delegation was expected to arrive in Moscow on Monday to discuss the procedures required for the region to become part of the Russian Federation. Final results showed that 96.8% of voters were in favour of joining Russia, the head of the referendum commission said. Mikhail Malyshev told a televised news conference that the commission had not registered a single complaint about the vote.
- Congress May Impose Sanctions On Russia… When It Comes Back From Vacation On 24 March 2014
- The strategy in a nutshell: “We need to move forward and put these things in place,” then wait to see how Russia reacts, Senator John Hoeven (R. North Dakota), said in an interview Sunday. “They can be effective against the Russian ruling class. If we do that in a concerted way with our allies, we can make this painful to Russia.”“
- The trade risk: Fifteen per cent of Russia’s economic activity depends on exports to the EU, while just 1 per cent of the EU’s GDP depends on purchases from Russia. But this 1 per cent includes Russian gas, which supplies a quarter of the EU’s needs; some eastern members are 100 per cent dependent on Russia’s gas. If Russia turns off the gas, is Europe willing to take the strain?