European Union Joins Obama, Sanctions 21 Russian, Crimean Officials

Tyler Durden's picture

Just a few short hours after Obama issued an executive order declaring sanctions against a select group of Russians and Ukrainians, here comes the EU, whose unelected leaders have just slammed not only those Crimeans and pro-Russian Ukrainians who dared to organize and execute the Crimean referendum vote in which the population overwhelmingly voted to support becoming part of Russia, but in keeping with the US, also launched a salvo making it quite clear that neither Russian politicians nor various Russian military commanders are welcome to park their assets, or buy houses in the EU as of this moment. Needless to say, one person, Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel, is already dreading what the Russian response to this latest escalation will be, and grudgingly stated that "RUSSIA FORCED EU'S HAND WITH CRIMEA BALLOT." Perhaps, and perhaps Russia will be "forced" to if not freeze German gas exports as a result of this diplomatic move, then just happen to pull an Amazon Prime, and hike prices by a few dozen percent. We will find out shortly.

Here is the full list:

The Crimeans/pro-Russian Ukrainians:

Sergey Valeryevich Aksyonov; d.o.b. 26.11.1972

Aksyonov was elected “Prime Minister of Crimea” in the Crimean Verkhovna Rada on 27 February 2014 in the presence of pro-Russian gunmen. His “election” was decreed unconstitutional by Oleksandr Turchynov on 1 March. He actively lobbied for the “referendum” of 16 March 2014.

Vladimir Andreevich Konstantinov; d.o.b. 19.03.1967

As speaker of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Konstantinov played a relevant role in the decisions taken by the Verkhovna Rada concerning the “referendum” against territorial integrity of Ukraine and called on voters to cast votes in favour of Crimean Independence.

Rustam Ilmirovich Temirgaliev; d.o.b. 15.08.1976

As Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Crimea, Temirgaliev played a relevant role in the decisions taken by the Verkhovna Rada concerning the “referendum” against territorial integrity of Ukraine. He lobbied actively for integration of Crimea into the Russian Federation.

Deniz Valentinovich Berezovskiy; d.o.b. 15.07.1974

Berezovskiy was appointed commander of the Ukrainian Navy on 1 March 2014 and swore an oath to the Crimean armed force, thereby breaking his oath. The Prosecutor-General’s Office of Ukraine launched an investigation against him for high treason.

Aleksei Mikhailovich Chaliy; d.o.b. 13.06.1961

Chaliy became “Mayor of Sevastopol” by popular acclamation on 23 February 2014 and accepted this “vote”. He actively campaigned for Sevastopol to become a separate entity of the Russian Federation following a referendum on 16 March 2014.

Pyotr Anatoliyovych Zima

Zima was appointed as the new head of the Crimean Security Service (SBU) on 3 March 2014 by “Prime Minister” Aksyonov and accepted this appointment. He has given relevant information including a database to the Russian Intelligence Service (SBU). This included information on Euro- Maidan activists and human rights defenders of Crimea. He played a relevant role in preventing Ukraine’s authorities from controlling the territory of Crimea. On 11 March 2014 the formation of an independent Security Service of Crimea has been proclaimed by former SBU officers of Crimea

Yuriy Zherebtsov

Counsellor of the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea, one of the leading organizers of the 16 March 2014 “referendum” against Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Sergey Pavlovych Tsekov; d.o.b. 28.03.1953

Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada; Tsekov initiated together with Sergey Aksyonov the unlawful dismissal of the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC). He drew into this endeavour Vladimir Konstantinov, threatening him with his dismissal. He publicly recognized that the MPs from Crimea were the initiators of inviting Russian soldiers to take over Verkhovna Rada of Crimea. He was one of the first Crimean Leaders to ask in public for annexation of Crimea to Russia.

 

The Russian politicians and Putin aides:

Ozerov, Viktor Alekseevich; d.o.b. 5.1.1958 in Abakan, Khakassia

Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. On 1 March 2014 Ozerov, on behalf of the Security and Defense Committee of the Federation Council, publicly supported in the Federation Council the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine.

Dzhabarov, Vladimir Michailovich; d.o.b. 29.9.1952

First Deputy-Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. On 1 March 2014 Dzhabarov, on behalf of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, publicly supported in the Federation Council the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine.

Klishas, Andrei Aleksandrovich; d.o.b. 9.11.1972 in Sverdlovsk

Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Law of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. On 1 March 2014 Klishas publicly supported in the Federation Council the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine. In public statements Klishas sought to justify a Russian military intervention in Ukraine by claiming that “the Ukrainian President supports the appeal of the Crimean authorities to the President of the Russian Federation on landing an all-encompassing assistance in defense of the citizens of Crimea”.

Ryzhkov, Nikolai Ivanovich; d.o.b. 28.9.1929 in Duleevka, Donetsk region, Ukrainian SSR

Member of the Committee for federal issues, regional politics and the North of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. On 1 March 2014 Ryzhkov publicly supported in the Federation Council the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine.

Bushmin, Evgeni Viktorovich; d.o.b. 4.10.1958 in Lopatino, Sergachiisky region, RSFSR

Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. On 1 March 2014 Bushmin publicly supported in the Federation Council the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine.

Totoonov, Aleksandr Borisovich; d.o.b. 3.3.1957 in Ordzhonikidze, North Ossetia

Member of the Committee on culture, science, and information of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. On 1 March 2014 Totoonov publicly supported in the Federation Council the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine.

Panteleev, Oleg Evgenevich; d.o.b. 21.7.1952 in Zhitnikovskoe, Kurgan region

First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Parliamentary Issues. On 1 March 2014 Panteleev publicly supported in the Federation Council the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine.

Mironov, Sergei Mikhailovich; d.o.b. 14.2.1953 in Pushkin, Leningrad region

Member of the Council of the State Duma; Leader of Fair Russia faction in the Duma of the Russian Federation. Initiator of the bill allowing Russian Federation to admit in its composition, under the pretext of protection of Russian citizens, territories of a foreign country without a consent of that country or of an international treaty.

Zheleznyak, Sergei Vladimirovich; d.o.b. 30.7.1970 in St Petersburg (former Leningrad)

Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Actively supporting use of Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. He led personally the demonstration in support of the use of Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine.

Slutski, Leonid Eduardovich; d.o.b. 4.01.1968 in ??scow

Chairman of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (member of the LDPR). Actively supporting use of Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.

 

And the Russian military leaders:

Vitko, Aleksandr Viktorovich; d.o.b. 13.9.1961 in Vitebsk (Belarusian SSR)

Commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Vice-Admiral. Responsible for commanding Russian forces that have occupied Ukrainian sovereign territory.

Sidorov, Anatoliy Alekseevich

Commander, Russia's Western Military District, units of which are deployed in Crimea. Commander of Russia's Western Military District, units of which are deployed in Crimea. He is responsible for part of the Russian military presence in Crimea which is undermining the sovereignty of the Ukraine and assisted the Crimean authorities in preventing public demonstrations against moves towards a referendum and incorporation into Russia.

Galkin, Aleksandr

Russia's Southern Military District, forces of which are in Crimea; the Black Sea Fleet comes under Galkin's command; much of the force movement into Crimea has come through the Southern Military District. Commander of Russia's Southern Military District ("SMD"). SMD forces are deployed in Crimea. He is responsible for part of the Russian military presence in Crimea which is undermining the sovereignty of the Ukraine and assisted the Crimean authorities in preventing public demonstrations against moves towards a referendum and incorporation into Russia. Additionally the Black Sea Fleet falls within the District's control.

 

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And the full EU statement:

 

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666's picture

I guess this will help send the stock markets to the moon!

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Russians annex territory.  EU hands out demerits.

Pladizow's picture

Russia to price its gas in Rubles in 3...2...1...

Soul Glow's picture

Russia to price gas in a basket of BRIC currency as well as gold in 3...2...1...

knukles's picture

Fuck me, now it gets serious!

Its' nothing more than another game of Stratego or Risk being played.
Leadership!

Occident Mortal's picture

Going off current form, Russia will respond by doing something nobody has yet considered that completely blows everyone out of the water.

Soul Glow's picture

Putin lies ontop of the sheets on his bed in his russian red pajamas.  He has a laptop and is skyping with a Ukrainian hooker when his phone rings.  He motions to his secretary - wearing a french maid's outfit - to pick it up.

"'Allo?"

"Put Putin on the phone."

She looks at Putin.  "Ooo....'ooo is dis pleaze?"

"This is Barack Insane Obama.  Now put Putin on the phone."

Putin can hear Obama from the otherside of the room and motions to Anastasia "Net!"

"He doesn't vant to talk with you."

"Now, look here!  I always get my way and he's making me look bad in front of the Fortune 500 CEO guys!  You tell him he's messing with the wrong dude!"

"Okay!  Chow!  Putin?"  She pouts as she asks permission to speak.

"Can I haz new motorcycle?"

Putin laughs, "You no ride motorcycle!  Vhy you want motorcycle?"

"So you can take me on it."

"You vant your own motorcycle so I can ride you on it?  Very vell.  Go pick one out from my garage."

"Yippee!"  She says as she starts to scamper off.

"Vait Vait!"  Putin says, stopping Anastasia in her tracks.  She has forgotten to kiss Putin's feet.  She walks back over to him and does so.

"Veyrey vell.  Run along."

fonzannoon's picture

Dude.....gay....wtf?

50 shades of awful.

Soul Glow's picture

What?  Would you have me paint Putin as a saint?  A macho man who wrestles tigers?  All the characters on the world states are perverts in some form.

Oh and I'll try to format how I write based on your opinion next time.  Now run along and trade your paper fonz.  Go make the world a better place.

fonzannoon's picture

Oh calm down would you? Don't be so damn sensitive. I just did not expect to see a Danielle Steele novel on here. I am just fucking around though man. If we can't make fun of each other on here we may as well pack it in.

southern_oilman's picture

cmon ppl this is just a show, the most important news just came out a few days back:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/russia-gazprom-pipeline-idINL6N...

http://www.gasstrategies.com/publications/gas-matters-today/107051

yes Gazprom will start laying pipes for the south stream very soon.

Italy - Eni (Sapiem), France -EDF & Germany - BASF (Wintershall) have large interest in Gazprom's South stream.

so EU rattles their sabres and act their "western morality" with their superiority complexes but EU knows that their only alternative, the same one for which US is pushing: the import of LNG and forging of commitements to future i-dont-know-how-to-make-it-cost-effective US shale gas LNG exports, will ruin their economy. gazprom closes the valves = instant EU crisis

these sanctions are just a show. what worries me is if the West chooses to support the looming crackdown in the eastern Ukraine, which is bound to lead to Yugoslav style fun times

layman_please's picture

and don't forget the nord stream under the baltic sea going straight to germany since 2011.

southern_oilman's picture

indeed, so lets look at the map of pipelines:

http://i59.tinypic.com/263yqdg.jpg

and their only competiton is the planned TAP (trans adriatic pipeline):

http://i59.tinypic.com/6o36zs.jpg

however for TAP to actually be online first Shah Deniz II field has to go online, which is just in development. to get an idea how much work needs to be done before TAP can ship gas, take a look at BPs prez on the field:

http://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/pdf/Press/shah_deniz_2_brochure_english...

the facts on the ground are that Gazprom has won the pipelines race. Nabucco is dead. TAP may or may not be built. EU leaders are fully aware of this, and they are aware that pipeline gas is cheaper than LNG. they have no choice but to choose Gazprom as a partner, and let a russian hand cup their balls.

Motorhead's picture

What a fucking joke.  So Mickey Mouse.  But what the fuck, just what business is it to the US, UK, and the EU what Crimeans vote on?

Harry Quant's picture

Can't wait to hear the squealing when Russia does turn the gas off.

This has some serious potential to escalate rather quickly.

knukles's picture

Turn off gas.
Tell West that Rooska no pay for Ukraine debts.
Tell West that any oil and gas must be paid for in Gold or Rubles
Tell West all loans to anybody is hereby called in.
Tell West no buy no more your securities as no takie your monies.
Tell West to fuck off, nusicance.  We do what we want.

This is what happens when leaders kiss rings and bow to lesser potentates.

Urban Redneck's picture

There are substitutes, conservation options, and varying domestic reserves for natural gas.  There are NO SUBSTITUTES for crude oil, and there are other countries who can assist in depriving the US and EU of crude oil...

StychoKiller's picture

Junkies (i.e., the EU) are in no position to threaten their dealer (Gazprom) when they're still jonesing for a fix!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

That's a lot of "vich"es on the List.  Good thing they did not have Sonofavitch, Putanavich or Eurovitch.

Looks like the hottie Crimean AG (Natalia Poklonskaya) is exempt, can travel and is in fact invited to travel... to Italy, to visit Signore Berlusconi.  ;-)

StychoKiller's picture

Looks pretty young to be an apparatchi(c)k! :>D

ACP's picture

Where is Chappelle with his black Putin skit?

"Alright EU, sanction me with your army. Oh that's right, you don't have an army, so that means you need to SHUT THE FUCK UP!"

hungarianboy's picture

To bad it isn't winter here in Europe.

StychoKiller's picture

Chances are, that NatGas is also used to generate electricity, and since Merkel caved on using Nukular Power plants, well...

ZH Snob's picture

according to this logic the Ukranians have no idea what is good for themselves or their country.  and for this reason the loving tentacles of the EU (and NATO) must reach out and set them all straight.

what a clown show.  merkel better watch out.  no more footsies under the table with Vlad if she continues this madness.  now might be a great time to dissolve the EU, Angela.  no sense in destroying any more good money after all the bad you'll never see again.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

They are all shaking in their boots. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! What a joke!

order66's picture

Enter the launch codes already..sheesh.

DavidC's picture

Merkel's been told she won't get the gold back unless she goes along with the USSA...

DavidC

Ham-bone's picture

You can stop at - Merkel's been told.

...Merkel puts the lotion in the bucket or Merkel gets the hose.

adonisdemilo's picture

She should know by now that the gold is long gone

Bunga Bunga's picture

Sanctions against Venetia, please!

Venice prepares for referendum on secession from Italy

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10698299/Venice-p...

 

Motorhead's picture

Oh, yes...let's not forget how the EU ram-rodded Berlesconi's "replacement" a year or two ago.  You can't make this shit up!  (BTW, Venice, just do it!  That would be great.)

And c'mon you Scots, you can do it, too!

adonisdemilo's picture

I'm in favour of absolutely anything that has the potential to give the dumbfucks running Europe a headache.

A Lunatic's picture

So in other words, they made these people U.S. Citizens...........

fonzannoon's picture

One of my buddies just sent me a text that he is at the regency hotel in NYC and that "this place is full of russians". I asked him if they knew we were at war. he said "looks like they won".

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Funny?  Saturday night I was at the Central Lounge in Astoria - not quite the same as the Regency - and I saw the same thing.

fonzannoon's picture

yeah man they own this area. I remember growing up the Poconos was the middle class summer getaway. Now you head there and you realize forget Crimea, most of the places right here have already been annexed.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

The Chinese are here, buying up all the retirees homes from Flushing to Ridgewood.  There's no need to worry though. /s

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

Motherfuck man, they've already bought all the golf courses, now the retirement homes too?

China and Russia, both investing their fuck you money anywhere they can in the greater metro.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

No, I mean houses with owners who die or move to preliminary death (Florida).

Dr. Engali's picture

Send your buddy a text advising them to take our communist -n- 'chief' back home with them when they return.

JustObserving's picture
European Union Sanctions 21 Russian, Crimean Officials

Putin replies, "Since European leaders are continuously spied upon by the NSA and GCHQ, that is sanction enough.  What could be a worse sanction for Merkel than being America's bitch?  Merkel has the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to her by Obama in 2011 for faithful service to her master."

THE FAILURE OF GERMAN LEADERSHIP Merkel Whores For Washington

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/13/failure-german-leadership-mer...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

FYI... Merkel comes from the ranks of the old East Germany, where they learn to "play the game" to rise in rank.

Her Party is the CDU, which is like the US GOP.  It has its roots and HQ in the same place as Hitler's party:  Munich.  These days the CDU occupies the "center-right" segment of "friendly capitalism", but many of its followers are much further to the Right -- if you know them well and ask them privately.  If you know what I mean.  These guys will Click & Salute to whatever their "Superior" tells them to.  It's in their 'Lederhosen'.

SDShack's picture

This just in from the National Realtors Assoc: Prime property locations in Crimea are skyrocketing in price with as many as 21 offers per property!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The Smart money bought weeks ago.  Easy money is buying now.  Dumb money will buy later this year or next.

Waiting for the International Man or Sovereign Man to chime in any day now.  Suspect they won't endorse it, as they seem to like "economically friendly" places where Spooks and ex-Spooks like to hang out.  So Gringos can forget about Crimea: not Spook or ex-Spook friendly enough.

q99x2's picture

Threats are the absolute worst way politically to achieve anything. Basically they have said they are committed to a first strike against Russia and any nation that wishes to remain free from Globalist occupation.

FU Goldman Sachs.

Soul Glow's picture

Hasn't the West heard the term blowback before?

NotApplicable's picture

Why is it so hard to understand that blowback is the intent here?

Remember, it's never the action that matters, but always the REACTION.

There simply is NO escape from the reset button represented by WWIII. So, they will do what all collapsing organizations do. Break shit to their advantage while blaming others.

Given enough time, hostilities will suddenly "break out."

firstdivision's picture

The US can sanction Russia as trade between the two is minimal at best. The EU, not so much.  The EU is gonna learn the hard way on who really feeds them their commodity fix.