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The EU agrees on the new package of sanctions against Russia

2024-02-21 22:16:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

The EU agrees on the new package of sanctions against Russia

The European Union has agreed to a new package of sanctions against Russia, the thirteenth since Moscow launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago. Belgium, which is leading the presidency of the bloc, said that "this package is one of the most extensive packages approved by the EU".

The new package, which the bloc agreed to on February 21, will add almost 200 more entities and individuals to the sanctions list. The sanctions will include restrictions aimed at blocking the purchase of "drone components that will end up in the Russian military and then on the battlefield in Ukraine," EU diplomats said, adding that the sanctions list also includes several Russian companies. and some third countries.

The Belgian presidency wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the package will be officially approved on February 24, the second anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Radio Free Europe journalists who have seen the list of sanctions as it was being prepared for publication, said that the sanctions will be imposed on 27 companies, among them companies from China, India, Turkey, Serbia and Kazakhstan.

EU ambassadors are also reported to have rejected an attempt by Hungary to delist three Russian oligarchs: Alisher Usmanov, Vyacheslav Kantor, and Dmitry Mazepin Jr.

The list of sanctions also includes 48 heads of military companies as well as over 50 leaders of companies that produce heavy and light weapons, as well as logistics firms and their leaders that cooperate with the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Also included are 12 individuals who hold positions of judges and ministers in self-proclaimed Russian institutions in the occupied territories of Ukraine./ Rel

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