Bloomberg BNA — Russia, Denmark and Canada all are trying to prove that their land masses extend to the North Pole, handing the international commission that gives its expert recommendations on such matters its most highly contested issue to date and highlighting the central role the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea will have in determining the future of the rapidly changing region.
The European Union imposed a second round of sanctions targeting 12 Russian political and military officials involved in Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine. As a previous step, the EU imposed sanctions on 21 Ukrainian and Russian individuals.
The European Union targeted a Russian state news service chief, labeled a propagandist for the Kremlin, while excluding business leaders from a new wave of sanctions over the seizure of Ukraine’s southern Crimea region.
U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on seven senior Russian officials and four Crimeans and Ukrainians deemed responsible for the move to annex the Black Sea peninsula, selecting figures close to President Vladimir Putin or involved in crafting the Kremlin’s policy on Ukraine. The EU imposed sanctions on 21 Ukrainian and Russian individuals.
European Union governments struggled to find ways of punishing Russia for annexing Crimea, reflecting east-west divisions within the EU and concerns that trade curbs would do self-inflicted damage to Europe’s economy.