International sanctions during the Ukrainian crisis

Russian sanctions on Turkey to have limited effect: EBRD

The effect of sanctions imposed on Turkey by Russia will be limited, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Dec. 7.

The Russian sanctions were imposed after a fighter jet which had violated Turkish airspace was shot down on Nov. 24. Moscow later announced it was a Russian aircraft.

"Serbia won't falter" and join anti-Russia sanctions

Serbia "will not falter in the face of pressure to introduce sanctions against Russia," Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic has said.

Speaking on Wednesday, he stressed that "the EU represents the key foreign-policy goal," but that Serbia is a militarily neutral country that will not give in to pressure and join sanctions.

Montenegro Woos EU by Matching Sanctions

Montenegro has expanded the list of countries against which it has an arms embargo, allying itself further with the EU, which it hope to join.

A government document, which BIRN has seen, shows that the list of countries against which the sanctions have been imposed to include Belarus, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

Bulgarian MPs Reject Proposal to Revoke Sanctions on Russia

Bulgarian lawmakers have narrowly turned down a proposal by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) calling for sanctions against Russia to be reviewed.

Sofia has enforced measures against the Russian Federation in line with the EU and the US policies toward Moscow after the Ukraine crisis began last year.

EU to Extend Sanctions Against Russian, Ukrainian Individuals, Companies

The European Union (UN) is expected to extend on Wednesday the sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies by six months.

The assets of 150 people and 37 companies will remain frozen and they will continue to be subject of travel bans until March 2016, when the sanctions will be reviewed again, EUobserver informs.

DW: Why Has Putin Softened Tone on Bulgaria?

"In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply attacked EU and NATO member Bulgaria for supporting Western sanctions against Russia but now, his tone has noticeably softened," Deutsche Welle said on Friday.


What has changed? Find out in the article "Why Putin is courting Bulgaria" here.









Russia Says It Destroyed Nearly 600 T of Imported Food in 10 Days

Russia has destroyed some 597 tonnes of food products illegally imported from blacklisted countries since August 6, statistics show.

A message dated August 15 and available on the website of Rosselkhoznadzor, the country's food safety watchdog, reads [RU] that "to date" some 550 tons of agricultural products have been detained and liquidated.