Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

EU's Russia sanctions extended

Dutch investigators examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Rassipne, eastern Ukraine (AP)

The EU has extended sanctions against senior Russian officials in the wake of the shooting down of the Air Malaysia flight last week.

Two hundred and ninety-eight people died when the plane came down in Ukraine on July 17, 10 of whom were British nationals.

EU member states agreed to add 15 individuals and 18 entities to the list of those subject to asset freezes earlier this week.

Among them are head of the Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, Sergei Beseda, head of the FSB department that oversees international operations and intelligence activity and four members of Russia's Security Council.

The list, published in the EU's Official Journal, brings to 87 the total number of people subject to sanctions in relation to Russia's annexation of the Crimea.

Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the Security Council is likely to endorse any agreement reached by the Netherlands and Australia with Ukraine about sending their police to the site of the crash in eastern Ukraine.

He said it is "quite likely that the Security Council will want to take note of that agreement, very possibly in a resolution".

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