17:39 Nov. 8, 2016
Fresh sanctions on Crimea officials are introduced by the EU
The European Union finance ministers agreed new targeted sanctions against Crimean officials collaboration with Russian occupational administration or military, the Reuters agency reports on Tuesday.
New restrictive measures upon Crimean official come along with previously targeted sanctions first introduced 2014 after Russia's invasion of the peninsula.
"The Council adopted new listings under the restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity," Slovakia's Finance Minister Peter Kazimir told a news conference at the end of a meeting of the Council of EU finance ministers, according to Reuters.
For their role in Crimean events and the war in Donbas, 151 people and 37 entities are already blacklisted for visa issuance, with their assets frozen in the EU.
The annexation of Crimea has not been internationally recognised and the region is also subject to economic sanctions including bans on importing goods produced in Crimea, investing or providing tourism services there, the agency notes.