Officials: EU to add 13 people to Ukraine list

Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil, second right, talks with Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Sakari Tuomioja, left, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir, second left, and Romania's Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, right, during an EU foreign ministers meeting, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, May 12, 2014. EU foreign ministers discuss the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Officials say European Union foreign ministers are adding 13 people to its visa ban and asset freeze list over Ukraine but are not expected to take tougher measures before the May 25 elections in the east European nation.

Two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the measure had yet to be officially announced said Monday that beyond the 13 people, two enterprises were also added to list by the 28 EU ministers.

Beyond the visa and asset measures, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that it is essential to show Moscow the bloc is ready to step up measures further “depending on Russia’s attitude toward the elections” in Ukraine.

The EU had already ordered visa bans and asset freezes for 48 people.

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