All Member States have agreed that the European Union must “reconsider its approach to Russia” in the light of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. At its meeting on 22 July, the Foreign Affairs Council stressed its readiness “to introduce without delay a package of further significant restrictive measures” against Russia.
In line with this request, the Commission presented yesterday to the Council a document outlining a number of measures that could be taken in the areas set out by the Council conclusions and the procedure that should be followed to adopt the relevant legal instruments.
In line with the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, On 17 july The European Council stressed the European Union´s commitment to pursue trilateral talks on the conditions of gas supply from the Russian Federation to Ukraine and commended the efforts of the Commission in that regard.
“The Commission will swiftly table the necessary legislative proposals in all areas identified by the Council”. Presented document:
Finding a swift agreement is important for the stabilisation of Ukraine´s economy and for safeguarding the security of supply and transit of natural gas through Ukraine.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives also agreed to add further persons and entities responsible for action against Ukraine´s territorial integrity to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a visa ban.
The legal acts bringing this agreement into force will be adopted by written procedure, and will enter into force on publication in the EU Official Journal, scheduled for the late afternoon today 25 July.