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World The EU approves a proposal for sanctions against Russia

19:30  05 october  2022
19:30  05 october  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Ukraine-Crise-Eu-Borrell: the EU approves a proposal for sanctions against Russia

Les drapeaux de l'Union européenne flottent devant le siège de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles © Reuters/Yves Herman The flags of the European Union float before the Headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels

by Gabriela Baczynska and Philip Blenkinsop

Brussels (Reuters) - the European Union approved on Wednesday a new sanctions on Russia, said the commission.

The member states have debated this eighth pack of sanctions for Russia since last week since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Measures include a reinforcement of trade restrictions with Russia in the field of steel and technological products, as well as oil prices for Russian gross maritime deliveries to third countries covered by companies European insurance, in order to align the community block with a similar measure taken by the United States.

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In addition, the sanctions will aim for a greater number of actors within the Russian Ministry of Defense, the persons involved in the annexation referendums organized by Moscow in eastern Ukraine, as well as the individuals who participate in the bypass of sanctions.

"I welcome the agreement today concluded by the Member States on this eighth sanctions train," said the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

"We will never accept Putin's fictitious referendums or any form of annexation in Ukraine. We are determined to continue to charge the Kremlin."

The agreement, more modest than that initially proposed, must be formalized Thursday at 8:00 am GMT if no EU country raises last minute objection. The sanctions will have to be approved unanimously by the 27 members of the Union, whose leaders meet in Prague on Thursday and Friday.

Some states including Poland and the Baltic countries, had requested a total ban on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and imports of diamonds from Russia, as well as the black list of the church church Russian Orthodox, Patriarch Kirill, close ally of the Kremlin.

"The sanctions could have been much stronger," said the Polish ambassador to the EU, Andrzej Sados. "But since we need unanimity (...), it is important that we have this strong response to the last aggressive measures of Russia."

(Philip Blenkinsop report, French version Laetitia Volga and Augustin Turpin, edited by Kate Entringer and Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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