CRIMEA PAP 17.03.2014

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DECREES OF A DICTATOR VS THE HURDLES OF HAVING TO OBTAIN “CONSENT”-
  statements  from Sikorski  clearly state  there is a difference between [King Barack vs EU] approach to sanctions-as pointed out by Polands chief diplomat-

The EU imposed sanctions in connection with the crisis in Crimea at the same time as the US did.

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However, the US “black list” is different from the EU’s.
“These lists are slightly different. It is easier for the US to make such decisions.

First of all, the US is further away and any possible economic consequences will not be that painful for them.

Second, the US is a state and one man – the US President – may impose sanctions there. While the EU has to obtain the consent of all Member States, which is always a compromise,” said Sikorski.

The following is the entire statement with a link

The EU may decide to extend the list of persons covered by sanctions for the secession of Crimea, PAP 17.03.2014

“EU leaders may decide to extend the list of persons covered by EU sanctions: visa bans and asset freezes for violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignity,” Poland’s chief diplomat Radosław Sikorski said on Monday.

The “black list” adopted by EU foreign ministers on Monday covers 21 persons: eight Crimean separatists, 10 Russian politicians and officials and three members of Russia’s military personnel who were directly engaged in operations leading to the secession of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

“We hope that this will convince our Russian partners that mattes are serious and we hope that it will lead to reflection,” said Sikorski at a press conference after the FAC meeting. He added that “no one needs” an escalation of the crisis in Ukraine that would occur if Russia intervenes in the east or south of Ukraine

According to Sikorski the EU’s decision on Monday “creates the legal framework for possible further decisions by the European Council of Heads of State and Government that will be made in light of the developments in the coming days.”

EU leaders “may take further action in a couple of days, including a decision to extend the list,” he added. “I believe that it will happen in light of Russia’s decisions.”  The EU will hold a summit meeting this Thursday and Friday. On those days Russia’s parliament could vote to annex Crimea to the Russian Federation. Last Sunday, 97 percent of participants in the Crimean referendum voted in favour of the annexation.

The EU imposed sanctions in connection with the crisis in Crimea at the same time as the US did. However, the US “black list” is different from the EU’s, which Sikorski admitted. “These lists are slightly different. It is easier for the US to make such decisions. First of all, the US is further away and any possible economic consequences will not be that painful for them. Second, the US is a state and one man – the US President – may impose sanctions there. While the EU has to obtain the consent of all Member States, which is always a compromise,” said Sikorski.

Source: Polish Press Agency
http://www.mfa.gov.pl/en/news/they_wrote_about_us/sikorski__the_eu_may_decide_to_extend_the_list_of_persons_covered_by_sanctions_for_the_secession_of_crimea__pap_17_03_2014

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