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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48. Any bank accounts or other economic assets the sanctioned individuals hold in EU member countries are now supposed to be frozen, and they will no longer be allowed to travel to the EU’s 28 member states.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU action shows “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation” in Ukraine, and called it “an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new EU list:

-Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed by Putin to manage the integration of Crimea into Russia.

-Oleg Belaventsev, Putin’s plenipotentiary representative in Crimea.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for introducing legislation to annex Crimea, according to the EU’s Official Journal, which published the list.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also said to be “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.”

-German Prokopiv, a leader of the pro-Russian insurgency in Luhansk who took part in the seizure of the regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service.

-Valeriy Bolotov, another leader of pro-Russian forces in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine and an active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic,” who participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Also a spokesman for the insurgents.

-Sergei Tsyplakov, one of the leaders of the People’s Militia of Donbas, a group involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said by the EU’s Official Journal to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. He is believed to have coordinated several of the armed pro-Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, and to be an assistant on security matters to Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Russia-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48. Any bank accounts or other economic assets the sanctioned individuals hold in EU member countries are now supposed to be frozen, and they will no longer be allowed to travel to the EU’s 28 member states.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU action shows “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation” in Ukraine, and called it “an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new EU list:

-Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed by Putin to manage the integration of Crimea into Russia.

-Oleg Belaventsev, Putin’s plenipotentiary representative in Crimea.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for introducing legislation to annex Crimea, according to the EU’s Official Journal, which published the list.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also said to be “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.”

-German Prokopiv, a leader of the pro-Russian insurgency in Luhansk who took part in the seizure of the regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service.

-Valeriy Bolotov, another leader of pro-Russian forces in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine and an active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic,” who participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Also a spokesman for the insurgents.

-Sergei Tsyplakov, one of the leaders of the People’s Militia of Donbas, a group involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said by the EU’s Official Journal to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. He is believed to have coordinated several of the armed pro-Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, and to be an assistant on security matters to Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Russia-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48. Any bank accounts or other economic assets the sanctioned individuals hold in EU member countries are now supposed to be frozen, and they will no longer be allowed to travel to the EU’s 28 member states.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU action shows “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation” in Ukraine, and called it “an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new EU list:

-Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed by Putin to manage the integration of Crimea into Russia.

-Oleg Belaventsev, Putin’s plenipotentiary representative in Crimea.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for introducing legislation to annex Crimea, according to the EU’s Official Journal, which published the list.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also said to be “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.”

-German Prokopiv, a leader of the pro-Russian insurgency in Luhansk who took part in the seizure of the regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service.

-Valeriy Bolotov, another leader of pro-Russian forces in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine and an active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic,” who participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Also a spokesman for the insurgents.

-Sergei Tsyplakov, one of the leaders of the People’s Militia of Donbas, a group involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said by the EU’s Official Journal to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. He is believed to have coordinated several of the armed pro-Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, and to be an assistant on security matters to Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Russia-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48. Any bank accounts or other economic assets the sanctioned individuals hold in EU member countries are now supposed to be frozen, and they will no longer be allowed to travel to the EU’s 28 member states.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU action shows “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation” in Ukraine, and called it “an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new EU list:

-Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed by Putin to manage the integration of Crimea into Russia.

-Oleg Belaventsev, Putin’s plenipotentiary representative in Crimea.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for introducing legislation to annex Crimea, according to the EU’s Official Journal, which published the list.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also said to be “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.”

-German Prokopiv, a leader of the pro-Russian insurgency in Luhansk who took part in the seizure of the regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service.

-Valeriy Bolotov, another leader of pro-Russian forces in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine and an active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic,” who participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Also a spokesman for the insurgents.

-Sergei Tsyplakov, one of the leaders of the People’s Militia of Donbas, a group involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said by the EU’s Official Journal to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. He is believed to have coordinated several of the armed pro-Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, and to be an assistant on security matters to Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Russia-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48. Any bank accounts or other economic assets the sanctioned individuals hold in EU member countries are now supposed to be frozen, and they will no longer be allowed to travel to the EU’s 28 member states.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU action shows “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation” in Ukraine, and called it “an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new EU list:

-Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed by Putin to manage the integration of Crimea into Russia.

-Oleg Belaventsev, Putin’s plenipotentiary representative in Crimea.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for introducing legislation to annex Crimea, according to the EU’s Official Journal, which published the list.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also said to be “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.”

-German Prokopiv, a leader of the pro-Russian insurgency in Luhansk who took part in the seizure of the regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service.

-Valeriy Bolotov, another leader of pro-Russian forces in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine and an active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic,” who participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Also a spokesman for the insurgents.

-Sergei Tsyplakov, one of the leaders of the People’s Militia of Donbas, a group involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said by the EU’s Official Journal to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. He is believed to have coordinated several of the armed pro-Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, and to be an assistant on security matters to Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Russia-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU moves show “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation in this country and an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new list:

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, said by the EU to be “responsible for overseeing the integration of the annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation.”

-Oleg Belaventsev, plenipotentiary representative in Crimea of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russian minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for initiating legislation integrate Crimea into the Russian Federation.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.

-German Prokopiv, identified as “active leader of the `Lugansk Guard.'” Said to have taken part in the seizure of the Luhansk regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service and recorded a video address to Putin and Russia from the occupied building.

-Valeriy Bolotov, a retired military officer identified as one of the leaders of the “Army of the South-East” which occupied the Security Service building in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine, active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic.” Reportedly participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Spokesperson for the separatists.

-Tsyplakov Gennadevich, identified by the EU as one of the leaders of the “ideologically radical organization People’s Militia of Donbas” who were involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. Reportedly involved in incidents in Slovyansk, he is also an assistant on security issues to Sergey Aksyonov, the prime minister of Russian-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU moves show “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation in this country and an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new list:

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, said by the EU to be “responsible for overseeing the integration of the annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation.”

-Oleg Belaventsev, plenipotentiary representative in Crimea of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russian minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for initiating legislation integrate Crimea into the Russian Federation.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.

-German Prokopiv, identified as “active leader of the `Lugansk Guard.'” Said to have taken part in the seizure of the Luhansk regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service and recorded a video address to Putin and Russia from the occupied building.

-Valeriy Bolotov, a retired military officer identified as one of the leaders of the “Army of the South-East” which occupied the Security Service building in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine, active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic.” Reportedly participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Spokesperson for the separatists.

-Tsyplakov Gennadevich, identified by the EU as one of the leaders of the “ideologically radical organization People’s Militia of Donbas” who were involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. Reportedly involved in incidents in Slovyansk, he is also an assistant on security issues to Sergey Aksyonov, the prime minister of Russian-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU moves show “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation in this country and an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new list:

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, said by the EU to be “responsible for overseeing the integration of the annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation.”

-Oleg Belaventsev, plenipotentiary representative in Crimea of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

-Oleg Savelyev, Russian minister for Crimean affairs.

-Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

-Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

-Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for initiating legislation integrate Crimea into the Russian Federation.

-Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.

-German Prokopiv, identified as “active leader of the `Lugansk Guard.'” Said to have taken part in the seizure of the Luhansk regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service and recorded a video address to Putin and Russia from the occupied building.

-Valeriy Bolotov, a retired military officer identified as one of the leaders of the “Army of the South-East” which occupied the Security Service building in Luhansk.

-Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine, active organizer of separatist actions.

-Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic.” Reportedly participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Spokesperson for the separatists.

-Tsyplakov Gennadevich, identified by the EU as one of the leaders of the “ideologically radical organization People’s Militia of Donbas” who were involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

-Igor Strelkov, said to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. Reportedly involved in incidents in Slovyansk, he is also an assistant on security issues to Sergey Aksyonov, the prime minister of Russian-annexed Crimea.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has released the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list released Tuesday includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and pro-Russian separatist leaders in Crimea and the eastern Ukrainian cities of Lugansk and Donetsk were also on the list.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48.

The initial sanctions were adopted following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula last month. The EU and the U.S. now also accuse Russia of destabilizing eastern Ukraine. NATO says Moscow has amassed some 40,000 troops just across the Ukrainian border and could invade the country within days if it wanted to.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to President Vladimir Putin.

The EU is Russia’s biggest trading partner, giving it greater economic leverage over Moscow than the U.S. However, the EU treads more carefully in imposing sanctions since Russia is also one of its biggest oil and gas suppliers – and the bloc apparently shied away from following Washington’s lead in targeting specific Russian companies.

EU leaders have threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions, for example targeting its financial industry or the energy sector, if the situation in eastern Ukraine further escalates, but those sanctions are not yet being considered.

EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has released the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list released Tuesday includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and pro-Russian separatist leaders in Crimea and the eastern Ukrainian cities of Lugansk and Donetsk were also on the list.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48.

The initial sanctions were adopted following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula last month. The EU and the U.S. now also accuse Russia of destabilizing eastern Ukraine. NATO says Moscow has amassed some 40,000 troops just across the Ukrainian border and could invade the country within days if it wanted to.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to President Vladimir Putin.

The EU is Russia’s biggest trading partner, giving it greater economic leverage over Moscow than the U.S. However, the EU treads more carefully in imposing sanctions since Russia is also one of its biggest oil and gas suppliers – and the bloc apparently shied away from following Washington’s lead in targeting specific Russian companies.

EU leaders have threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions, for example targeting its financial industry or the energy sector, if the situation in eastern Ukraine further escalates, but those sanctions are not yet being considered.