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No EU agreement on ‘Tier 3’ sanctions against Russia

24 July 2014

24 July 2014

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was right: there was no agreement in Europe on serious against Russia. The FT’s Peter Spiegel tweets the news that many have been expecting:

 

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The EU’s account of the meeting refers, comically, to an ‘exchange of views’ on the ‘preparatory work’ on tier three sanctions.

There was some agreement on the extended list of ‘Putin cronies’. Zero Hedge has a summary of the discussion, drawn from a variety of sources. The headlines are that the number of listed ‘cronies’ is expected to be increased to 87, including several ‘entities’ that operate in Crimea or eastern Ukraine and 15 new individuals.

Meanwhile, separatist militants continue to operate across the Russian and Ukrainian border, according to reports. And the Prime Minister of Ukraine has resigned in protest at the Ukrainian parliament’s reluctance to assume control of the energy market, which leaves the country dangerously exposed as gas supplies dwindle. Ukrainian bond yields have jumped in consequence.


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  • Dutchnick

    The business lobby and most politicians do not want to jepodise their countries economic benefits from trade so targeting Putin’s mates is probably best. Cancelling the football world cup (and setting it up elsewhere in Europe) which may not be popular with the other countries of the world who like the kick backs. If all the EU countries Australia, NZ America and other countries withdrew it would emasculate the games and the humiliation and opprobrium would hurt Putin very much as would exclude them from any fora and anything that could imply that this is a serious country rather that a failed nasty, brutal country.

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    “No EU agreement on ‘Tier 3’ sanctions against Russia”. France is forging ahead with plans to supply Russia with at least one powerful warship and all has become “neblig” in Nibelung land with Germany’s coalition government squabbling over the “Waltharius” of weapon exports with the “Wotan’s” of Bayern putting the spanner in the works, a consensus will be difficult.

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  • CharlietheChump

    Putin cronies include France, Germany and Italy. Sheep as AE-P already said.

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    Putin p0Ʀn; what would the media do without it? More pictures of Boris on a zip wire probably.

  • ButcombeMan

    EXACTLY WHAT are sanctions against Russia designed to achieve?

    Just asking.

    There seems to be a lot of talking tough without coherency of thought.

    Not least from Cameron.

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  • Smithersjones2013

    Quel surprise! And they seriously believe this ever closer union lunacy is a good idea? AS ever with the EU instead of a dozen countries doing something and a dozen not we get two dozen incapable of agreeing and as a result everybody doing nothing.

    Just as the UN, the EU is proving a complete waste of time and Russia doesn’t even need a veto over the EU.

    • Tony_E

      As you suggest, Expansion has made it too disparate to have any focus. We won’t leave, but it does look more and more like it will eventually collapse under it’s own contradictions. The comparison with the UN is perfectly apt.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        Except the UN doesn’t have a taxing mechanism to allow the vampire to feed itself.

  • Radford_NG

    On the hundredth anniversary of the nations winding up to the Great War they are starting it again:although this time the Germans are not giving The Blank Cheque .

  • the viceroy’s gin

    They can’t be too harsh on Putin. They need him to bail out the idiots in Kiev, after they go bankrupt, which they will shortly. What a farce.

  • The Masked Marvel

    The EU is imitating the People’s Front of Judea. “Right, this calls for immediate discussion!”

  • Lady Magdalene

    And we’re supposed to believe that the EU members are our colleagues and it’s all for one and one for all.
    Pathetic spectacle. Putin must be sniggering into his vodka.

    • Alexsandr

      ze krauts vont upset ze russians because zey need ze russian gaz.

  • The Masked Marvel

    Right, hands up all those who work for the Spectator who were glad to see the back of Bush and expected Obama would restore America’s moral standing in the world, and fix foreign policy.

  • swatnan

    Sanctions on Ryussia are a complete waste of time. Sanctions on Israel … well thats another story

    • Alexsandr

      sanctions on hamas to stop them attacking Israel

      • swatnan

        There’s been a 9 year blockade on Gaza by the Israelis in case you hadn’t noticed, The only way the Gazans can get extra vital supplies in is by these tunnels. And its the only way they can escape their imprisonment by the Israelis. I want to see a total blockade on Israel.

        • Smithersjones2013

          Do you seriously think that a country born out of the the most hideous and shocking evil ever perpetuated by Western civillization will be intimidated by ‘sanctions’?

          The worst thing the West could do is force Israel into a corner and pander to the evil that is Hamas. It would turn the whole region into a tinder box.

          Anyway the West has enough enemies in the middle east. It doesn’t need to make the only bonafied nuclear power in the region one as well.

          • HookesLaw

            UKIP are very pro Israel aren’t they? Zionist?
            They are pro ritual slaughter too.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              You Camerloons and your islamofascist buddies are pro slaughter as well, lad, especially of the Christians in Libya, Syria and Iraq. How’s that all working out these days, anyway?

              • southerner

                Indeed. In February this year in Libya 7 Christians were found shot dead on a beach just outside Benghazi. At the back end of last year 50 Christians were seized in Benghazi by Islamist militants and tortured (one died).
                The Camerloons are silent on the disastrous “Arab Springs” that at the time they played furiously with themselves in excitement about. They are silent on the persecution and murder of Christians.

          • The_Missing_Think

            Anyway the West has enough enemies in the middle east. It really doesn’t need to make the only bonafide nuclear power in the region one as well.
            _____

            In case we get nuked?

            Could you clarify please?

        • Tony_E

          Obviously a very effective blockade when you take into account the thousand or so rockets that Hamas have fired into Israel…

        • Andy

          Silly me. I didn’t realize rockets were ‘vital supplies’.

        • Alexsandr

          funny that before Hamas, thousands of Gazans were commuting to Israel daily for work. Hamas has made their lives better hasn’t it?

        • Inverted Meniscus

          That’s because you are a socialist nutter lad.

        • Fergus Pickering

          Well, you won’t, you cute old beard-chewing muslim-lover, you.

  • fundamentallyflawed

    A perfect example of why we are part of the EU because as part of a larger entity we have more influence on world affairs

    • Lady Magdalene

      A joke, I presume.

      • Alexsandr

        he forgot the sarcasm tag and end tag

        • fundamentallyflawed

          I didn’t feel the statement needed the tags

    • Smithersjones2013

      And Clegg and Cameron are worried we’ll be isolated from this bunch of self-serving muppets???

  • anyfool

    Angela says no, lap dogs roll over for tickle.

    • dado_trunking

      Angelina says no to what?
      Berlin IS Russia, lad – it has been Russia for fifty years. never forget that.

      Now, again, if your lot don’t get your act together then RASHA, Dnepropetrovsk and Djermany will simply form their alliance, shift some monies and hence in London-Stadt there will be Schicht im Schacht (!)
      Who needs the City?

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …where’s the goat, lad?

        • dado_trunking

          Bar June, Berlin – the only cocktail bar in the city with an English fireplace.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …the goat’s place is here with the rest of your army of sockpuppets, laddie.

            • dado_trunking

              No laddie – the Treasure Beach insurgency is chillin’.
              Let the eejjits take a few more planes out of the sky, let them blow up a few more blocks in Gaza. No point getting upset about it. You and I have seen this all before, many times, too many times.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …did you actually expect anybody to attempt to wade through that gibberish, lad?

                • dado_trunking

                  Blow up more stuff – we know that’s what you really really want, you spice girl.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …no, we don’t care who you and the sockpuppets blow, lad.

                • dado_trunking

                  I set the agenda not you, laddie. Now blow me.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …do you and the sockpuppets do each other, lad?

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