Russian deputy defence minister a proposed target of new EU sanctions

February 09, 2015

Posted on February 9th, 2015 by Michael O'Kane on

On 6 February 2015, EU diplomats indicated that Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov is one of five Russians named on a list of potential new sanctions targets to be considered by the Foreign Affairs Council on 9 February 2015.  The diplomats suggested that Mr Antonov, said to be the highest-profile individual listed, was targeted as a compromise between EU states, some of whom had pressed for sanctions against his senior, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The list of proposed targets was drawn up by EU foreign ministers on 5 February 2015, as we previously reported on this blog. A full list of sanctions currently in force against Ukraine can be found in the "sanctions in force" section of this blog.

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This article first appeared on European Sanctions Law & Practice (, a blog by Maya Lester (+44 20 7379 3550,, a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, and Michael O'Kane (+44 (0) 20 7822 7777, head of Business Crime at Peters & Peters.