ukraine: European Union nations unanimously approve Russian sanctions

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Driannes said the 27 EU member states have unanimously agreed on an initial set of sanctions targeting Russian officials over their actions in Ukraine. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday the package approved “would harm Russia, and would cause great harm.”

Borrell said the sanctions would affect members of Russia’s lower house of parliament and others approving the deployment of Russian troops to separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine.

He says the package will also affect Russia’s funding of Ukraine-related policies by limiting access to EU financial markets.

“This story is not over,” Borrell said of Russian actions in Ukraine.

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