EU prepares Russia sanctions, NATO sends planes to monitor Ukraine

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
By Paul Martin

The European Union is preparing fresh sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Crimea. This comes as NATO announced it was to deploy reconnaissance aircraft in Poland to monitor events in Ukraine.

The European Union is preparing to implement sanctions on Russia, such as imposing travel bans and freezing assets.

“I can confirm that the preparatory work has started,” the EU’s external action service Maja Kocijancic said on Monday. The fresh sanctions could be formally approved at a summit of EU foreign ministers on March 17.

They would mark the second stage in the European Union’s three-step response agreed at a summit last week. EU leaders had agreed to a three-stage process of increasing pressure on Russia over its incursion in Crimea, beginning with the suspension of visa talks and negotiations over a new investment agreement.

The third step would likely involve an arms embargo and trade restrictions.

But Moscow insists it has no control over the Russian-speaking units that have seized the peninsula.

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