: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea


U.S. President Barack Obama has approved an executive order “Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine.”
The U.S. leader made a respective statement late on Friday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“Today, I issued an Executive Order taking further steps with respect to the situation in Ukraine. The E.O. prohibits the export of goods, technology, or services to Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea,” reads the statement.
The document also authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on individuals and entities operating in Crimea.
The statement notes that the United States will not accept Russia’s actions with respect to Crimea. “I again call on Russia to end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, cease its support to separatists in eastern Ukraine, and fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements,” Obama said.
In this regard, Obama pledged to continue to work closely with allies and partners in Europe and internationally “to respond to events in Ukraine and to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well its democratic development and reform efforts.”
He also said that the United States would continue to “review and calibrate our sanctions, in close coordination with our international partners, to respond to Russia’s actions.”

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