U.S. hands "sanctions" Russia, Putin not on the list

Published: 8:29:23 March 7,2014  Views: 31
Lin Hao (Xinhua News Agency for the newspaper feature articles

On the situation in Ukraine, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on the 6th, approved the implementation of visa restrictions and other measures.

On the same day, the European Union held a special summit on the situation in Ukraine and some media analysts, some European countries and Russia in view of the close economic ties and Russia fear of retaliation, it may be difficult to implement a strong EU sanctions against Russia.

Executive Order is a flexible tool

The White House said in a statement, Obama signed an executive order is 'a flexible tool', 'allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in the military intervention of the Crimea in Ukraine, such as the situation unstable man of action.'

The White House said that if the deterioration of the situation, does not exclude the implementation of further measures.

The Associated Press reported that the object of restrictive measures is to identify the threats that the United States government of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity of the individual or entity number and identity of these individuals or entities not released. A senior U.S. official said the new restrictive measures targeted at Ukraine's Crimea Russians and Ukrainians.

Obama's political adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the executive order would 'develop a framework for potential sanctions.'

In announcing the new measures, the United States once again called on Russia and Ukraine aspects of dialogue to ease diplomatic channels the situation in Crimea.

Media interpretation, the new restrictions similar to 'sanctions.' Some Western media directly called 'sanctions.'

New measures against the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in response, trying to help the United States to exert greater pressure on the Russian sanctions, not constructive.

Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State, after meeting John Kerry said: 'He (Kerry assured me, there is no such a sanctions blacklist now only command, but it can not change the fact that this is still a threat.'

A U.S. official said Russian President Vladimir Putin is not listed sanctions.

EU sanctions table hesitation

EU leaders held the 6th Extraordinary Summit in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Agence France-Presse reported that the number of Russian and EU leaders urged the Ukrainian authorities to dialogue and to take measures to ease the situation, but warned Moscow refused diplomatic solution if will be subject to sanctions.

Some diplomats disclosed that the EU will condemn Russia's 'occupation' of the Crimea, to suspend the negotiations on visa abolition and economic cooperation, while warning of more sanctions against Russia as soon as possible if you do not accept the mediation may encounter.

But Reuters that the EU summit may only take symbolic sanctions against Europe's largest supplier of natural gas to Russia, in part because some EU countries are worried that Russia's implementation of trade retaliation.

Reuters to three major European countries, for example: France does not want to sell warships to Russia agreement was canceled, as an international financial center, banks in the British capital London lucrative investment from Russia, German companies in Russia there are about 22 billion dollar investment.

Congress now being sought through a series of tough sanctions against democracy in Russia, including Russia sanctions target government officials, state-owned banks and enterprises. Saying by the Associated Press, in Russia to take measures, the White House and both houses of Congress, Republican lawmakers in both parties to reach a rare consensus, however, the United States worried that if the economic and trade exchanges with Russia closer European countries do not 'follow up' America's economic sanctions will not have much effect.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy Russia is promoting a bill to the Senate sanctions. 'No part of Europe as a measure of our sanctions will not have any effect.'