The EU has made the black list for Russia and Ukraine of all deputies of the state Duma of the Russian Federation of the Crimea and Sevastopol. This is stated in the text of the decision of the EU Council, published in the Official journal of the European Union.
Under personal sanctions were six people: deputies from the Crimea Konstantin Bakharev, Ruslan Balbec, Andrei Kozenko, Svetlana Savchenko, Paul Speraw and MP from Sevastopol Dmitry Belik. Two more Crimean Parliament – Natalia Poklonskaya and Mikhail Sheremet – was already included in the EU black list.
The deputies came under EU sanctions due to the participation in the elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation “in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol.” The statement of the EU Council States that “the decision shall come into force from the date of publication”, that is, from Wednesday, 9 November.
The introduction of personal sanctions against six Crimean deputies of the Finance Ministers of EU countries agreed the day before. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius told reporters that the black list was expanded at the initiative of Vilnius.
Meanwhile, caught in a blacklist, the state Duma Deputy Andrei Kozenko stated indifference to the sanctions and suggested that the date of their introduction not coincided with the elections of the President of the United States. “These sanctions me, as I’m sure my colleagues and neither cold nor hot. Sure, it was obvious even to those who such sanctions prescribed. I was not, and never will be no business or Bank accounts in Europe. Ride in tours is also not planning too much work remains in order to improve the quality of life in the Crimea to the Russian level”, – quotes the politician “Interfax”.
Kozenko is not excluded that the decision to extend sanctions against Russia on the day of presidential elections in the United States “was dictated by the banal
the servility” of the EU. The Deputy also suggested that in case of victory of the candidate-Republican Donald trump, who is leading in the vote, “the age of these
sanctions will be short lived.”
Personal European Union sanctions against those responsible for the crisis in Ukraine was introduced after the annexation of Crimea to Russia in March 2014. All defendants in the black list are denied access to the territory of the EU, their assets in the EU frozen.
Given the recent changes to the sanctions apply to 157 citizens of Russia and Ukraine, and 37 organizations, mostly government agencies and military forces of the DNI and LC. The EU Council every six months extends the blacklist. September 7 sanctions extended until March 15, 2017.
In addition, the EU imposed against Russia economic sanctions (sectoral restrictive measures) that will be valid until 31 January 2017, as well as sanctions against the Crimea, the validity of which expires on 23 June 2017. The extension of economic sanctions associated with the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which reglamentary peaceful settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine 20 September announced elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation, with its new team and decisions are illegitimate. The corresponding decision was taken due to the vote in Crimea and Sevastopol. The Ukrainian Parliament also appealed to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly with an appeal not to recognize the legitimacy of the elections to the state Duma.
In addition, the Prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case under article “Encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of the country” because of the Peninsula elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation. In respect of all the MPs passed in the lower house of the Russian Parliament from Crimea and Sevastopol, was launched criminal proceedings.
The next day after the elections to the state Duma of the seventh convocation, the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini stated that the EU does not recognize results of vote in Crimea.