`EU Refuses to Recognise Referendum in South Eastern Ukraine and Expands Sanctions ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – EU – MAY 12 – PRESS RELEASE –  The EU Council has refused to recognize the referendum in south-eastern Ukraine and expanded sanctions against Russia.

EU Council on Referendum

This says a final statement on Ukraine issued by the Council of the European Union after the meeting of 28 ministers of foreign affairs representing the 28 member states on Monday.

“The EU will not recognize yesterday’s nor any future illegitimate and illegal ‘referenda’,” the statement says.

 “The Council has decided to add a new group of individuals and entities to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures,” the document emphasizes.

Earlier, a diplomatic source reported that another 13 Russian individuals and 2 Crimea-based companies were added to EU’s black list.

Ministers of foreign affairs of 28 EU member countries have included another 13 people and 2 Crimean companies to the sanctions list against Russia, a European diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on the margins of the ministerial meeting on Monday.

“As an addition to the black list, there were named 13 individuals and two Crimea-based companies,” the source said, adding that the measures will come into effect on Tuesday.

“In light of the recent developments and in the absence of any steps towards de-escalation the Council has agreed to expand the criteria allowing individuals and entities to be subject to visa ban and asset freeze,” the statement says.

According to the statement, this will allow imposing sanctions on individuals and organizations “responsible for actively supporting or implementing actions or policies which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”, as well as on “legal persons, entities or bodies in Crimea or Sevastopol whose ownership has been transferred contrary to Ukrainian law”.

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