The European Commission has proposed a ninth package of sanctions against Russia, including adding nearly 200 additional individuals and entities to the sanctions list. It would include, among others, the Russian armed forces and three banks.
– The eight sanction packages adopted so far are already hurting (Russia). But today we are stepping up the pressure in response to war in Ukraine – said Ursula von der Leyen, quoted by the AFP agency. She explained that she proposed adding to the sanctions list “the Russian armed forces, as well as officers and companies of the Russian defense industry.”
The list would also include “members of the State Duma and the Federation Council (both chambers of parliament), ministers, governors and political parties.” According to von der Leyen, these people play a key role in “Russian rocket attacks” on civilians, “kidnappings of Ukrainian children taken to Russia” and “theft of Ukrainian agricultural products”.
According to AFP, so far the EU has imposed sanctions on 1,241 people in Russia and 118 Russian economic entities.
New export controls and restrictions
The president of the European Commission also recommends imposing “new controls and new export restrictions” on dual-use goods, civilian and military, which could be used by the Russian army. It’s about, among others of several chemicals and electronic and computer components.
Moreover the European Commission, according to AFP, intends to ban Russia from accessing all kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles. – We propose to ban the direct export of drones to Russia, as well as exports to any third country, such as Iranthat can deliver drones to Russia, explained von der Leyen.
The head of the European Commission also proposed suspending the activities of four new Russian media outlets, which she said are involved in the Kremlin’s propaganda, as well as introducing “additional economic measures against the Russian energy and mining sector, including a ban on new mining investments in Russia.”
Prohibition of transactions with the Russian Regional Development Bank
According to AFP, Brussels has also proposed to implement sanctions against “three new Russian banks”, in particular imposing a complete ban on transactions with the Russian Regional Development Bank, “in order to further paralyze the financial machine” of the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
It went into effect on Monday embargo on importing Russian oil to the European Union by sea and agreed by the EU, G7 and Australia at USD 60 per barrel for the price of oil from Russia transported by sea. These restrictions are intended to make it more difficult for Russia to finance the war in Ukraine, while maintaining the stability of energy supplies in the world.
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