Kosachyov: black list enlargement means EU doesn’t keep up with real policy

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According to Konstantin Kosachyov, the Presdent of the Federation Council committee on Foreign Affairs, the new document, published by the European Union “doesn’t correspond to the essence of the Minsk agreements”.

“The new sanction list demonstrates clumsiness and inertness of Brussels’s bureaucracy that doesn’t keep up with the real policy,” added Kosachyov. He highlights that another EU’s list that imposes sanctions against 19 people “is absolutely out of picture, considering a good result of the recent Minsk negotiations conducted by “the Norman four”.

“And after that the bureaucratic apparatus of the EU publishes the document that doesn’t correspond at all to the Minsk agreements,” wrote in his official blog Konstantin Kosachyov. Moreover, he believes the mission of Angela Merkel and François Hollande makes everybody understand that “nowadays the European Union is not able to resolve problems”.

According to the President of the Federation Council, enlarging the sanctions against Russia and not reacting to Ukrainian politicians’ who break the Minsk agreements, the EU loses its right to play a mediating role in the conflict management.

“Initially all their sanctions had no a sense, and today when everyone hopes the agreements will be kept, these sanctions are simply destructive. The European representatives, to whom I managed to talk, mentioned the bureaucratic apparatus’s inertness and a long time that they took to prepare and publish that document,” explains Kosachyov and adds: “So, in this situation we just feel sorry for the organization that pretends to be one of the world leaders and can’t deal with its bureaucratic inertness”.

“After they signed the Minsk agreement, I noticed only two strong statements according to which the agreement was not to be kept. Those statements were made by Ukrainian politicians Dmytro Yarosh and Oleh Lyashko. They claimed in public they were going to break the agreements and give orders to the correspondent subdivisions”.

“The two statements received no response, and nobody even try to impose sanctions against these Ukrainian politicians, which one more time proves the fact that sanctions are not imposed to manage the conflict, they are to confirm some stances,” highlighted Kosachyov.

“They impose sanctions to show that Russia is the only country to blame for the conflict continuation. The thing the EU did, disavows its mechanism and unfortunately the very organization that loses its moral right to be a mediator in any conflict management,” claimed the President of the Federation Council.

The black list enlargement

On February 16 the European Union enlarged the black list against Russia and the east of Ukraine, adding 19 individuals and 9 legal entities. The list includes Arkady Bakhin (the First Deputy of the Secretary of Defence of Russia), Anatoly Antonov (the Russian Deputy Minister of Defence), Andrey Kartapolov (the President of the Joint Staff Operational Control of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation) and Valery Rashkin (the capital department chairman of the Communist Party of Russia).

The sanctions were also imposed against Iosif Kobzon, a People's singer of Russia. He said he was waiting a reaction from the government.

“They infringe people’s rights, imposing such sanctions,” stated the famous singer.

Valery Rashkin, in his turn, said it was a great honour for him to be in the list.

Text and pictures by TASS