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Who are newcomers to EU's black list for links to aggression against Ukraine?

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Russian Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff Valery Gerasimov, who has been blacklisted by the EU

The European Union (EU) has on April 29 announced that it adds 15 more persons banned from entering the EU in relation to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the separatist movement in east of the country.

Unlike the U.S. and Canada, EU has not targeted Russian banks and other companies.

The legal addition to sanctions’ list was published on April 29 in the Official Journal of the EU, «in view of the gravity of the situation» in eastern Ukraine.

The most prominent on the list is the head of the Russian armed forces, Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov, who was deemed «responsible for the massive deployment of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine and lack of de-escalation of the situation,» EU Observer reports.

Six names on the EU list are related to the annexation of Crimea: Dmitry Kozak, a deputy Prime Minister «responsible for overseeing the integration of the annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation» is listed along with with Oleg Belaventsev, a Russian presidential representative to Crimea and Oleg Savelyev, the Russian Minister for Crimean affairs.

Turning to eastern Ukraine, the EU blacklisted Igor Sergun, the director of GRU intelligence service and a deputy chief of staff of the Russian armed forces, responsible for the activities of intelligence officers in Slovyansk and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine.

Igor Strelkov, a staff member of the same GRU intelligence service, is included in the list because he was involved in incidents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. He is also an assistant on security issues to the self-proclaimed prime-minister of Crimea.

Five other persons are linked to the separatist movements in eastern Ukraine: German Prokopiv, leader of the Lugansk Guard which seized official buildings in Lugansk, Valeriy Bolotov, an army veteran and leader of another separatist group in Lugansk, as well as Andriy Purgin, leader of the Donetsk Republic, a self-proclaimed state-town.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    This is the trading opportunity the Baltic States are snubbing to protect America’s markets: RUSSIA’S ISOLATION? Russia is a fundamental member of BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. A bloc of 3 billion people with a GDP of $14.08 trillion.
    Russia is founder member of SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION. The bloc consists of member and guest member nations that makes up most of Russia – Asia.
    Russia’s President Putin was honoured guest at the RUSSIAN ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations). This bloc takes in much of South-East Asia.
    Russia enjoys excellent relationships with Nigeria, Africa’s wealthiest nation and BRICS member Republic of South Africa.
    Russia enjoys most favoured trading and defence status with pivotal Syria and Iran. Both are major geo-political players.
    Modern Russia enjoys far better trading and defence relationships with Latin America than does the U.S. or European Union. Bolivia, Venezuela and Argentina are very pro-Russia.
    If anyone is increasingly isolated it is the hapless failing and bankrupt U.S. and European Union. Between these two rests almost $30 trillion in debts.

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  2. Anna says:

    Blood-thirsty Russia’s hounds deserve more special treatment

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  3. Linda says:

    My my you are vitriolic, what journal do you write for? Is it RT or some other propaganda machine.

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