Agence France-PresseFebruary 19, 2014 15:21
European Union foreign ministers meet Thursday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and possible sanctions. But what are they for and how do they work?
WHAT ARE SANCTIONS FOR?
EU sanctions "are not punitive, but designed to bring about a change in policy or activity by the target country, entities or individuals", according to a 2013 document from the bloc's foreign service.
The EU "makes every effort to minimise adverse consequences for the civilian population", it adds.
The implementation of sanctions requires unanimous approval by all 28 EU states.