We expect another package of EU sanctions against Russia to be adopted on Friday, Poland’s Permanent Representative to the EU, Andrzej Sadoś, told journalists in Brussels. He added that the package included a number of proposals presented by Poland with the support of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
– We are significantly expanding the list of so-called dual-use items. We are expanding the list of entities working for the Russian war machine. We are introducing a ban on investment in the Russian mining industry. We are introducing almost 200 people and entities to the sanction lists, including those involved in the hideous practice of kidnapping and transporting Ukrainian children, people involved in the theft of Ukrainian grain – said Andrzej Sadoś at a conference in Brussels.
The diplomat noted that in the ninth package of EU sanctions imposed on Russia for her aggression Ukraine there will be further provisions prohibiting the export of aviation industry products to Russia. – I’m talking about drone motors here. We hope that this package will be adopted quite soon. As I said, the work of experts is ongoing at the moment – he repeated.
When asked whether Poland is satisfied with the proposal, he replied: – We have been calling for the adoption of this next sanctions package for many weeks. Of course, Poland’s proposals are always the most ambitious. Here we have to work out a consensus, find this common denominator for the 27 Member States.
So far, the EU has sanctioned 1,241 people in Russia and 118 Russian economic operators.
Sadoś: some countries want to shorten the list of people subject to sanctions
Andrzej Sadoś drew attention to the attempts made by some Member States to remove from the sanctions lists certain persons or entities against whom evidence has been gathered that they work for the Russian war effort.
– The public has the right to know the detailed justification (of such actions) so that there is no space for speculation that we are dealing with a kind of political corruption when deleting oligarchs, or high-ranking military men or propagandists from the sanctions lists – postulated the Polish ambassador. He also stressed that each subsequent package of EU sanctions against Russia is adapted to the current situation. – In a natural way, the Russian side tries to circumvent the sanctions, tries to adapt to the current sanctions regime. Of course, we prevent this by, among other things, including civilian sector products in the sanction lists, but which can potentially be used in the Russian war effort – summed up Sadoś.
The ninth package of sanctions and Ursula von der Leyen’s proposals
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen proposed on Wednesday adding almost 200 people and economic entities to the EU list of sanctions against Moscow. The ninth package of restrictions would include the Russian armed forces and three banks in Russia, as well as e.g. “members of the Duma and the Federation Council, 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”.
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.”
Von der Leyen also recommended imposing “new controls and new export restrictions” on dual-use goods, civilian and military, that could be used by the Russian military. It’s about, among others of several chemicals and electronic and computer components.
– 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 Kremlin authorities), von der Leyen said.
Embargo on Russian oil
On Monday, the embargo on importing Russian oil to the European Union by sea entered into force, as well as the EU, G7 and Australia on $60 per barrel cap on the price of oil from Russia transported by sea.
These restrictions are intended to make financing more difficult for Moscow war in Ukraine while maintaining the stability of energy supplies in the world.
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