BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The European Union has taken into account the expansion of sanctions by the United States against Russia and Ukraine and has confirmed that the EU’s actions are coordinated with those by the United States, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said Friday.
The European Union, the United States and a number of their allies have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia after Crimea seceded from Ukraine to rejoin Russia in March 2014. Western nations have been accusing Moscow of meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs, ignoring an over-96-percent vote by residents that saw Crimea rejoining Russia.
On Thursday, the US Treasury added 15 new entities and 11 individuals to the sanctions list related to the Ukrainian conflict.
Commenting on the US step on Friday, Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow has not ruled out responding in kind.