EU countries agree on new sanctions against Russia

The new measures should come into force after publication in the official journal of the EU. As part of the next, seventh package, Brussels will ban the import of Russian gold and expand individual sanctions 756583949943897.jpg” alt=”EU countries agreed on new sanctions against Russia” />

EU countries agreed on a new package of restrictive measures against Russia, which included, among other things, a ban on the import of Russian gold, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

On July 15, the EC proposed a set of measures to clarify and strengthen the effectiveness of the sanctions already imposed against Moscow. A Reuters source called this package the “sixth and a half”, as it contains less extensive restrictions than the previous six.

Permanent representatives of the EU countries approved a new package of sanctions the day before. Once approved, the list will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and they will enter into force.

This package of restrictive measures also includes the extension of all existing sanctions against Russia until the end of 2023. In addition, the European Commission proposed to clarify the restrictions already introduced so that they “are in no way directed at agricultural products.” It was also proposed to expand the list of sanctioned dual-use goods, but their updated list has not yet been published.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in turn, said that in addition to the new package, he would submit proposals to the European Council on new restrictions against individuals and legal entities. Their list has not yet been officially published, but EUobserver, citing the draft document, wrote that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, chairman of Rostec Sergei Chemezov, founder and leader of the biker club Alexander Zaldastanov (Surgeon), actors Vladimir Mashkov and Sergei Bezrukov. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto specified that a total of 48 more citizens would be subject to restrictions. The sanctions list of organizations, according to EUobserver, will include the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Yunarmiya movement, shipping and arms companies.

Reuters, citing the project, wrote that the blacklist of companies supporting the Russia in Ukraine, Sberbank will enter.

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Since the end of February, the European Union has imposed six packages of sanctions against Russia, the latest of them— At the beginning of June. It included a partial oil embargo.

Russian authorities call Western sanctions illegal and warn that restrictions will do more harm to those who impose them. “These sanctions in many ways provoke the global crisis. Their authors <…> they hit their own national interests, their own economies, the well-being of their citizens to a greater extent, — said President Vladimir Putin.

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