All Russian MPs volunteer to be subject to US, EU sanctions
Leader of the Just Russia party Sergei Mironov said he was proud to be on the US sanctions list. "It is with pride that I have found myself on the black list, this means they have noticed my stance on Crimea. It is funny that they will freeze accounts. I want to respond by re-phrasing the phrase from the Golden Calf [satirical novel] - 'Keep looking, Shura, keep looking.' No accounts exists, let them introduce sanctions as much as they want," Mironov told reporters on Tuesday.
The statement Russia's State Duma is to pass today on Crimea could be a response to the sanctions, Mironov said.
"We are very inter-dependable in the world" and for now it is too early to say certain things on how Russia could react, though this is wanted very much, Mironov said. As to mass media reports on the possibility of the Crimean referendum scenario in Transdniestria, one should not jump ahead, Mironov said.
The European Union has unveiled its
Italy’s foreign chief Federica Mogherini said earlier the EU sanctions would be in force for six months. This came after today’s meeting of 28 EU ministers and officials in Brussels. According to Mogherini, the sanctions will include visa bans and financial restrictions. However they will not affect representatives of Russia’s leadership, journalists and employees of nongovernmental structures.
The European Union took a cautious approach to imposing sanctions against Moscow, while leaving open the possibility of adding harsher economic measures when EU leaders meet later this week.
The 21 named officials are part of an original list that EU had drawn up last week that ran at about 120-130 people, Reuters says. It has since been shortened.
Among them are Crimea's Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev, Parliament Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimea's Navy Commander Deniz Berezovsky, as well as Russia's Security and Defense Committee Chairman Viktor Ozerov, Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Law Andrei Klishas, and MP Nikolai Ryzhkov, to name a few.
EU sanctions require unanimity among all 28 member states. There are several countries, including Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Portugal, that have reservations about the decision. However, there are some EU members, like Poland, that reportedly pushed for expanding the list on Monday but failed to get enough support.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the damage inflicted by possible sanctions concerning the situation in Ukraine will be “mutual”. While the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow will respond to possible sanctions, not necessarily mirroring them.
The EU and US sanctions follow the Crimean Parliament’s adoption of the resolution on the independence of Crimea on Monday, which declares the Black Sea peninsula an independent, sovereign state and appeals to join Russia as a republic.
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