Crimea Makes Move to Join Russia as EU Clashes on Sanctions

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Crimea Makes Move to Join Russia as EU Clashes on Sanctions

Crimean lawmakers called a referendum to return Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula to its former Soviet-era master as the European Union halted trade and visa talks with Russia to protest the Kremlin’s moves in the region.

As separatist leaders in the Russian-majority region pushed to split from Ukraine, the U.S. banned visas for officials it said were complicit in violating the sovereignty of the ex-Soviet state of 45 million. At an EU summit in Brussels, eastern EU states calling for a tough line on the Kremlin clashed with western counterparts who wanted to offer Russia more time to pull back before imposing sanctions.

More from Bloomberg.com: Putin Says No Immediate Need to Invade Eastern Ukraine, Leaves Threat Dangling

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