On Monday, February 9,2015, EU foreign ministers held a meeting during which was decided to expand the EU’s sanctions against Russia because the Minsk agreements are not being observed.
As the result, from Russia and Eastern Ukraine, 19 people were decided to be added to a travel blacklist, the he accounts of nine entities to be frozen.
“EU foreign ministers have decided to apply visa sanctions against 19 persons, and to freeze the accounts of nine companies. However, implementation will not take place until February 16,” reported Radio Liberty correspondent in Brussels Rikard Jozwiak.
However, Ukrainian leaders asked for the sanctions delay and EU diplomats agreed:
“to give space for our diplomatic efforts to develop in these hours with a maximum chance of success. We believe it is our duty to give this attempt a chance, ” the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini said.
If Russia doesn’t stop repeatedly violate as earlier cease-fire reached in Minsk last September, these sanctions will take effect from February 16.