The seventh package of EU sanctions against Russia is getting closer. Member states’ ambassadors to the EU adopted a package of new restrictions on Wednesday in Brussels. It prohibits the import of Russian gold and at the same time strengthens export controls in the field of dual-use and high-tech products.
To enter into force, the project will have to be approved by the Member States within the EU Council. The package also provides for the inclusion of more people associated with the Kremlin on the EU sanction lists. It is also to clarify the scope of some financial and economic sanctions.
The European Commission proposed this package last Friday. It provides for the extension of the current EU sanctions by six months, until the next review at the end of January 2023.
New sanctions against Russia
Reuters agency said on Tuesday that 48 people and 9 entities are to be added to the list. This group will include, among others largest bank in Russia Sberbank and the Night Wolves motorcycle club.
The agency reported that Sergey Korolev, the first deputy director of the Russian security service of the FSB, is among the people to be included on the sanctions list. Among the family members previously subject to sanctions, which are now to be restricted, are, inter alia, Stanislav Chemezov, son of the president of the Russian arms concern Rostec, and Maja Bolotov, daughter of Nikolai Tokarev, head of the Transneft energy company.
In addition, Moscow’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, and Russia’s first deputy prime minister Andrei Belousov, as well as actors Sergei Biezrukov and Vladimir Mashkov are to be added to the list.
It was already settled that the seventh package of sanctions would not apply to Russian gas. Prime Minister Czech Petr Fiala recently told the Reuters Agency that European Union is preparing a seventh package of sanctions against Moscow, but restrictions on Russian gas will not be included in it. As he said, “it is certainly problematic to include energy in sanctions, because the principle that sanctions should affect Russia more than countries that introduce sanctions must be respected.”
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