BRUSSELS, March 17 European Union foreign
ministers have agreed to impose sanctions including travel bans
and asset freezes on 21 offiicals from Russia and Ukraine,
Lithuania's foreign minister said on Monday.
After a meeting lasting around three hours, the EU's 28
foreign ministers quickly reached agreement on the list of those
to be sanctioned for their part in Russia's seizure of Crimea
and Sunday's referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
"(Foreign Affairs Council) just agreed on sanctions - travel
restrictions & assets freeze against 21 official from Ukraine &
Russia," Linan Linkevicius wrote in a message on Twitter.
He added that more measures would follow in a few days, when
EU leaders meet for a summit in Brussels. They are expected to
expand the list to include more senior figures closer to Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
(Reporting by Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft; Writing by Luke