Thursday, December 18, 2014

EU approves fresh sanctions on Crimea

The European Union (EU) on Thursday imposed "substantial" additional sanctions on investment, services and trade with Crimea and Sevastopol, saying investment in Crimea or Sevastopol is outlawed from December 20.
"This is to reinforce the EU's policy of not recognizing their illegal annexation by Russia and follows a conclusion by the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 November," an EU official statement said.

The fresh sanctions mean that Europeans and EU-based companies may no more buy real estate or entities in Crimea, finance Crimean companies or supply related services.

In addition, EU operators will no more be permitted to offer tourism services in Crimea or Sevastopol.

In particular, European cruise ships may no more call at ports in the Crimean peninsula, except in case of emergency. This applies to "all ships owned or controlled by a European" or "flying the flag of a member state", while the existing cruise contracts may still be honored until March 20.

It has also been prohibited to export certain goods and technology concerning transport, telecommunications and energy sectors or the exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources, to Crimean companies or for use in Crimea.

"Technical assistance, brokering, construction or engineering services related to infrastructure in the same sectors must not be provided," the statement added.

These measures add to an import ban on goods from Crimea and Sevastopol, imposed in June, as well as restrictions introduced in July on trade and investment related to certain economic sectors and infrastructure projects.

 Sources: Xinhua -


  1. European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday that the European Union (EU) needs a long-perspective strategy towards Russia...

    Tusk made the remarks at a press conference after the EU's winter summit he chaired for the first time since he took over the helm on Dec. 1.

    "We need a long-perspective strategy because this conflict and this complex situation between Ukraine and Russia and other eastern neighbors of Europe need behavior of plan for years not only for weeks or months," Tusk said.

    He said the leaders' discussion was very practical, because "Russia's behaviors need pragmatic reactions."

    "We have to be realistic, we have to treat this as a long-time game, not just one reaction to one crisis," Tusk added.

    Earlier on Thursday before the summit began, the EU Council announced a decision to impose "substantial" additional sanctions on investment, services and trade with Crimea and the Crimean port city of Sevastopol, which were annexed by Russia in March.

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