EU governments have reached a preliminary deal to expand the legal criteria for targeting people and companies with sanctions to pressure Russia over the Ukraine crisis, an unnamed diplomat told Reuters.
The decision should make it easier for the European Union to target Russian companies - something it has yet to do - but it needs formal backing during a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.
"We have political approval, and it will have to be rubber-stamped," the diplomat said. "New sanctions are likely on Monday."
The EU has already imposed asset freezes and visa bans on 48 Russians and Ukrainians over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
European Union foreign ministers added 13 people to their visa ban and asset freeze list over Ukraine's crisis.
Well that’s the voting over, and no surprises so far. A ‘Yes’ vote claimed to be 89% in Donetsk, and suddenly Ukraine is no more.
Nearly 90 percent of voters in eastern Ukrainian region voted for self-rule, the head of the separatist election commission said.