Ukraine Foreign Minister: Russia Does Not Live in a Vacuum, Sanctions Are Effective
The Ukraine’s foreign minister applauded decisions announced this week by Canada and the European Union (EU) as “important” in demonstrating the international community’s solidarity with Ukraine and sending a clear message to Russia.
EU Council President Donald Tusk announced on Thursday that leaders of the organization’s 28 member states were “united on the rollover of economic sanctions on Russia.”
The European Union’s sanctions post constraints for Russia’s access to the coveted EU markets. Initially, they were put in place in 2014 “in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and deliberate destabilization of a neighboring sovereign country." The EU said the sanctions are kept under “constant review” in order that they continue to contribute toward their stated objectives.
Earlier this week, the Canadian government added Ukraine to its Automatic Firearms Country Control List, thus enabling Canadian individuals and companies to apply for permits to export certain prohibited firearms, weapons and devices to Ukraine.
美国大使馆星期五发布声明说，自从31岁的瓦龙（Wa Lone）与27岁的觉梭（Kyaw Soe Oo）被逮捕以来，始终没有得到有关他们的任何消息，他们的家人也未获准探视。
US Officials Concerned About 2 Reporters Detained in Myanmar
The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar has said it is concerned about two Reuters journalists who were arrested three days ago in the country.
The embassy said in a statement Friday that there has been no word from Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, since their arrest, and authorities have not allowed their families to visit.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters Friday that the U.S. is concerned anytime reporters are arrested for doing their jobs.
Reuters President Stephen Adler released a statement Wednesday saying Reuters is "outraged" by a "blatant attack on press freedom."
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the arrests are a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar. He said the international community must do all it can to get them released.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were working on stories about a military crackdown on Rakhine state, home to the ethnic minority Rohingya. A military crackdown in that area has driven an estimated 600,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh.The United Nations has called the crackdown "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went missing Tuesday after being invited to dinner with police officials on the northern outskirts of the capital, Yangon. Myanmar's Ministry of Information said the reporters "Illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media."
The ministry has released a photo of the two men in handcuffs, although it has not officially notified Reuters of their status. A court official in Yangon told Reuters the men could be held for as long as 28 days without being charged.