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Brussels, 8 April (Reuters) - the European Union adopted on Friday its fifth train of sanctions against Russia, which provides for a Embargo on imports of coal, wood, chemicals and other products that account for at least 10% of Russian exports to the twenty-seven.
These new sanctions, published on Friday night in the Official Journal, will also prevent many Russian ships and trucks to access the EU and will prohibit any transaction with four Russian banks, including VTB.
Government tells arts bodies to suspend cultural events funded by Russian state
OTTAWA — Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has asked arts bodies that get federal funding to suspend all cultural activities involving Russians linked to Vladimir Putin's regime in protest of his invasion of Ukraine. Canadian Heritage has written to organizations receiving the department's funding, asking them to cancel tours and co-productions bankrolled by Russian or Belarusian state organizations. The demand, issued last month, could lead to cancellation of exhibitions of art loaned from Russian galleries, as well as concerts, festivals, and theatre and ballet productions featuring Russian artists.
The embargo on coal imports will be fully effective from the second week of August and no new contract can be signed from Friday, the date on which the sanctions will be published in the Official Journal of the EU.
The current contracts will have to be terminated before the second week of August, which means that Russia will continue to receive EU payments for its coal exports to that date.
"These last sanctions were adopted following the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bantha and other places under Russian occupation," said the High EU representative for foreign affairs and security policy. , Josep Borrell, in a statement.
According to the Kremlin, the Western charges that the Russian forces committed war crimes by performing civilians in Budcha are a "monstrous falsification" aimed at denigrating the Russian army.
The Baltic countries have to import Russian gas
© supplied by the gallery while the European Union is struggling to overcome the Russian gas that represents 40% of its imports, the Baltic countries (Latvia, the Estonia and Lithuania) ended April 1st imports from natural gas from Russia. A size challenge. According to Eurostat, in 2020, Russia accounted for 93% of Estonian natural gas imports, 100% of Latvian imports and 41.8% of Lithuanian imports.
The Commission considers that the prohibition of Russian coal is only a loss of income of 8 billion euros per year for Russia.
In addition to coal, the new sanctions of the EU prohibit imports of many other goods and products from Russia, including wood, cement, fertilizers, seafood and alcohols, for a total value estimated at 5.5 billion euros a year.
The EU has also restricted export to Russia of a number of products, including kerosene, quantum computers, advanced semiconductors, high-end electronics, software, sensitive machines and Transportation equipment, for a total value of 10 billion euros per year.
According to a European Leader, the new sanctions relate to at least 10% of the value of Russian products that the EU imports each year.
They are added to those that had already been taken on steel and Russian iron. In total, a fifth of Russian imports should be removed due to direct sanctions. (Francesco Guarancio and Bart Meijer, French version Diana Mandiá and Tangi Salaün)
New laws aim to crush even mild forms of protest in Russia .
New laws are trying to silence dissent in Russia, and people are being arrested and detained for mild forms of protest.Grachev, 35, thought taking to the streets seemed futile, as demonstrators were being dragged away by the police moments after brandishing signs.