Avoid­ing plane crashes

The Covington News - - WORLD -

BRUS­SELS (AP) — Shocked into ac­tion by the down­ing of the Malaysian air­liner and the re­sult­ing deaths of more than 200 Euro­peans, the Euro­pean Union ap­proved dra­mat­i­cally tougher eco­nomic sanc­tions Tues­day against Rus­sia, to be fol­lowed swiftly by sim­i­lar pu­ni­tive mea­sures from the U.S.

The new sanc­tions adopted by the Euro­peans over the up­ris­ing in Ukraine in­clude an arms em­bargo on Moscow and a ban on the un­ap­proved sale to the Rus­sians of tech­nol­ogy that has dual mil­i­tary and civil­ian uses or is sen­si­tive, such as ad­vanced equip­ment used in deep-sea and Arc­tic oil drilling, EU officials said.

To re­strict Rus­sia’s ac­cess to Europe’s cap­i­tal mar­kets, EU cit­i­zens and banks will be barred from pur­chas­ing cer­tain bonds or stocks is­sued by state-owned Rus­sian banks, said the officials, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to make pub­lic state­ments.

Euro­pean Union Pres­i­dent Her­man Van Rom­puy and the head of the EU’s ex­ec­u­tive, Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jose Manuel Bar­roso, said the 28-na­tion bloc meant to send a “strong warn­ing” to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin that the “il­le­gal an­nex­a­tion” of Crimea and Rus­sia’s desta­bi­liza­tion of Ukraine can­not be tol­er­ated.

“Fur­ther­more, when the vi­o­lence cre­ated spi­rals out of con­trol and leads to the killing of al­most 300 in­no­cent civil­ians in their flight from the Nether­lands to Malaysia, the sit­u­a­tion re­quires ur­gent and de­ter­mined re­sponse,” the two top EU officials said in a state­ment.

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