Council strengthens sanctions: The Council has announced strengthened sanctions relating to the Ukraine. In addition to those imposed on named persons and entities, the new sanctions will limit access to EU capital markets for Russian State-owned financial institutions, put an embargo on trade in arms, impose an export ban for dual use goods for military end users, and limit Russian access to sensitive technologies particularly in the oil sector. The Council expected to adopt the full set of measures by 31 July. (Source: Council Strengthens Sanctions)