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EU widens sanctions against Moscow and Ukraine rebels, implementation delayed

The European Union has announced new sanctions against Russian officials and Ukrainian militias, but will postpone enforcing for a week, pending new peace talks in Minsk on Wednesday, according to French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.

"The principle of these sanctions remains but the implementation will depend on results on the ground. We will see by [next] Monday and see how the meeting in Minsk went," said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.

The foreign ministers of the 28 European Union member states added five Russian citizens, TASS sources said. The ‘black list’ also reportedly includes 14 members of the eastern Ukrainian militia and nine organizations the EU considers responsible for the escalation of violence in Ukraine.

The four-way talks in the Belorussian capital between Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are set to take place on Wednesday.

The EU will decide whether to implement the new restrictive measures against Russia on Monday, February 16, after evaluating the results of the Minsk negotiations, Fabius added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are most generally preludes to war.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet on the coming Minsk Conference to offer any concrete solutions to the crisis at hand.

And why?!? It is simple: Poroshenko has been given his marching orders by Washington to accelerate the pain and devastation in the breakaway republics.

Additionally, Poroshenko refuses to bend in any way to federalize these republics which are looking for autonomy, and claims that they must fall under the complete sway of Ukrainian hegemony.

This is not a recipe for constructive negotiations; it is a recipe for utter disaster.

President Obama may think that there is a point past which Putin will not be goaded, and will feel he has to act against Ukraine.

But I understand that Putin is a master chess player, and may very well not give Obama the war he wants here.

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