Ukraine invasion: EU approves new sanctions against Russia after days of deliberations

Ukraine invasion: EU approves new sanctions against Russia after days of deliberations
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15 December, 2022
The EU agreed to a fresh round of sanctions on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine on Thursday.
The bloc's executive arm last week proposed a ninth round of sanctions on Moscow [source: Getty]

The European Union said on Thursday it approved a new package of sanctions aimed at ramping up pressure on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

The package, whose details have not been revealed, was approved after days of deliberations during a meeting of the 27-nation bloc's ambassadors in Brussels while EU leaders held a summit nearby.

The Czech Republic, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council, said the package will be confirmed by written procedure on Friday. No last-minute issues were expected before details are then published in the bloc's legal records.

The European Commission, the EU's executive branch, last week proposed travel bans and asset freezes on almost 200 more Russian officials and military officers as part of the new round of measures.

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It was unclear whether the proposals had been changed during negotiations among member countries.

The targets of the latest recommended sanctions included government ministers, lawmakers, regional governors and political parties. The Commission also wanted to hit the Russian defense industry and more Russian banks, and to impose export controls and restrictions on products like chemicals, nerve agents, electronics and IT components that could be used by the armed forces.

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen had also proposed "to ban the direct exports of drone engines to Russia and the export to any third countries, such as Iran, which could supply drones to Russia".

In addition, the European Commission recommended that EU members took action against Russia’s energy and mining sectors, including with a ban on new mining investments, and that they moved to take more Russian TV stations off the air in Europe.

In addition to sanctions on various entities, banks and individuals, including Putin and members of his family, the EU previously approved an embargo on coal and seaborne oil imports in close concert with Western allies.