EU imposes robust sanctions against Russia

  • EU countries have agreed to impose stringent sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. 

    The targets of the sweeping sanctions, include state-owned banks and Russia’s arms and oil industries. Ambassadors of 28 member states of the EU decided in favor of the sanctions after a seven-hour meeting. 

    In a strong joint statement, Herman van Rompuy, the European Council president, and José Manuel Barroso, the head of the European Commission, said that “Illegal annexation of territory and deliberate destabilization of a neighboring sovereign country could not be accepted in 21st-century Europe.”

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