▲ Up
 
21:28 31-07-2015
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
U.S., EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Bishkek (AKIpress) - sanctions-russia The United States and the European Union were Monday readying fresh sanctions against Russia amid rising tensions over the kidnapping of international observers by protesters in Ukraine. The West blames Russia of rising tensions in the so-called “pro-Russian” country's east, Haveeru reported.

The EU said top officials from its 28 member states would meet Monday seeking to adopt an additional list of sanctions, likely to include asset freezes and travel bans.

European powers are working in tandem with the United States and the rest of the G7 group of leading economies which agreed over the weekend to impose new sanctions on Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of seeking to trigger a “third world war.”

The G7 grouping includes U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Italy as well as Canada and Japan.

U.S. President Barack Obama stressed on an Asian tour the need for a unified response to isolate Russia.

The US and EU have already targeted Russia with visa and asset freezes and imposed sanctions on a key Russian bank.

In Ukraine, protesters presented a captured team of international observers as “prisoners of war” on Sunday, further raising the stakes in the crisis.

The self-styled mayor of rebel-held Slavyansk, which has become the epicenter of the crisis, led eight European members of an OSCE military inspection mission before scores of local and foreign journalists in the town hall.

With four armed rebels watching over him, a spokesman for the group, German officer Axel Schneider, said the team was in good health and stressed they were “OSCE officers with diplomatic status.”

OSCE chairman and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter condemned the kidnappings, saying his organization was working “at all levels” to secure their release.

The local rebel leader, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, earlier told reporters: “In our town, where a war situation is going on, any military personnel who don't have our permission are considered prisoners of war.”

The detention of the OSCE men sparked global outrage amid the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War.

Meanwhile, Russia has said it will take steps to secure the European inspectors' freedom but has blamed Kiev for their capture, stressing it was up to the host country to ensure their security.

The rebels have accused the team – which also included five Ukrainians, one of whom was later released – of being “NATO spies” and said they would only be freed as part of a prisoner swap.


Twitterfacebookprint
12:37 28.04.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:44 Local election commissions to hang voter lists for check of accuracy until August 2017:38 Extremists of Islamic State expand terrible and subversive activities – Rahmon17:28 Supreme Court cancels ruling unfreezing property belonging to Alexey Eliseyev, Mikhail Nadel17:15 EBRD arranges US$ 300 million syndicated loan for Kazakh Railways17:00 Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says16:57 Kuwait donates over 17 tons of medical supplies for hospitals in Kyrgyzstan16:56 Kazakhstan, India interested in CASA-1000 Project16:52 Supreme Court confirms theft of criminal case materials on looting during April 201016:43 Kazakh, Malaysian PMs meet in Kuala Lumpur16:33 Rehabilitation of Toktogul HPP to increase its capacity for around 20-40%16:32 Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics16:16 Five die, 3 injured in road accident in southern Tajikistan16:09 US dollar exchange rate drops over seasonal factors, expectations of market stakeholders – regulator16:05 China’s anti-corruption watchdog accuses former Inner Mongolia police chief of murder15:59 Several police officers sacked over fight between Kyrgyz, Dungans in Tokmok15:53 President Atambayev signs amendments facilitating export of agricultural products15:47 Vietnam confirms its participation in EXPO 2017 Astana15:45 Uzbekistan creates 100,000 jobs for migrants in six months15:31 Kyrgyz, Kazakh customs authorities talking over facilitation of vegetable exports from Kyrgyzstan15:17 Indian doctors to provide free consultations in Tashkent
Astana
+26° C
Ashgabat
+38° C
Bishkek
+32° C
Dushanbe
+30° C
Tashkent
+36° C
exchange rates
 
66.93
61.02
9.83
1.03
205.82
187.45
30.19
3.17
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
2710.18
2512.73
405.44
50.01
3.84
3.50
0.56
0.06

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2015. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75