The tenth package of sanctions against Russia by the European Union was announced by Josep Borrell. According to what was communicated by the high representative of the EU, it concerns “121 persons and entities listed, new and significant restrictions on imports/exports and a ban on the dissemination of Russian propaganda”. Announcing the package, Borrell said “we remain united in our determination to dent Russia’s war machine” (WAR IN UKRAINE, SKY TG24 SPECIAL – LIVE UPDATES).
The new package targets “those responsible for the deportation and forced adoption of at least 6,000 Ukrainian children. This is a clear violation of international law, including the Geneva Convention, as I raised yesterday at the UN Security Council” Borrell reported. Included in the package are “tighter export restrictions on dual use and technology” and “targeted restrictive measures against war-supporting individuals and entities,” Sweden, currently holding the EU presidency, reported. spread propaganda or deliver drones used by Russia in the war”. Then there are also “measures against Russian disinformation”. EU member states have imposed “the most incisive and far-reaching sanctions ever seen to help Ukraine win the war – continues Sweden -. The EU stands united alongside Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. We will continue to support Ukraine, as long as necessary”.
Export ban for 11 billion
The new sanctions concern a new list of individuals and entities, as well as further export bans worth more than €11 billion. This provision aims to deprive “the Russian economy of fundamental technological and industrial assets”, reports the Council of the European Union. The package targets “Russian decision-makers, senior government officials and military leaders complicit in the war against Ukraine, as well as authorities installed by Russia in the occupied territories in Ukraine”, wrote the EU Council, adding that there they are also measures against “individuals in Iran involved in the development of drones and components in support of the Russian army” and “members and supporters of the Russian mercenary group Wagner and its activities in other countries, such as Mali or the Central African Republic”.
Zelensky: “Now measures against Rosatom”
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on Twitter about the adoption of the sanctions writing that the new package “targets the Russian military industry, propaganda and the financial system”. For Zelensky “the pressure on the Russian aggressor must increase: we expect decisive steps against Rosatom and the Russian nuclear industry, more pressure on the military and banks”.
Von der Leyen: “The most far-reaching sanctions ever”
Commenting on the adoption of the sanctions, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wrote on Twitter: “I welcome the formal adoption of our tenth package of sanctions against Russia. We now have the most far-reaching sanctions ever , which deplete Russia’s war arsenal and deeply affect its economy,” he added. “We are also increasing the pressure on those who seek to circumvent our sanctions.”