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Ukraine unveils sanctions plan against Russia

English.news.cn   2014-08-08 20:54:18

KIEV, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on Friday unveiled a package of sanctions his country might introduce against Russia over its alleged help for insurgents in the east.

"The cabinet has approved a draft law on sanctions. It is the first time in the history of Ukraine, when our country is forced to impose restrictions against a foreign state," Yatsenyuk told a media briefing.

The sanctions plan, consisting of 26 points, would target Russia's defense, financial, transport, energy and information technology sectors, he said.

According to him, the sanctions would be applied against Russian individuals and companies that allegedly sponsor independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine and declare support for Crimea's affiliation with Russia.

The sanctions would touch a total of 172 people, Yatsenyuk said, without providing a list of individuals and companies affected.

The sanctions plan needs an approval from the Ukrainian parliament and the National Security and Defense Council to come into force.

Kiev has repeatedly blamed Moscow for inciting unrest in eastern Ukraine, where rebels are demanding independence. Russia, however, has denied the charges, saying the accusations are groundless.

Editor: xuxin
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