Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine: EU adopts 9th package of economic and individual sanctions
In response to Russia’s continued war of aggression against Ukraine and the severity of the escalation against civilians and civilian infrastructure, the Council today adopted the ninth in a new package of measures aimed at increasing pressure on Russia and its government.
After food and starvation, Putin is now using winter as a weapon of war, deliberately depriving millions of Ukrainians of water, electricity and heat. The European Union to this latest escalation and latest war crime 9n responds with a package of tough sanctions. We will continue to target the economy and those who play a role in this brutal war.
Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
The adopted sanctions package includes a series of measures designed to hit the Russian economy and Russia’s ability to continue its aggression.
Export controls and restrictions
Today’s Decision imposes new controls and new restrictions on exports dual-use goods and technologies as well as goods and technologies that can contribute Technological strengthening of the Russian defense and security sectorby adding it significantly expands the list of institutions related to the Russian military-industrial complex 168 institutions additional targets covered by sectoral measures. This would ensure that key chemicals, nerve agents, night vision and radio navigation equipment, electronic and computer components that could be used by the Russian war machine cannot be freely sold. To avoid any evasion, some illegally annexed entities established in Russian-controlled Crimea or Sevastopol are also listed.
In addition, the EU will extendexport ban goods and technologies related to the aviation and space industry to include aircraft engines and their spare parts. This ban will apply to manned and unmanned aircraft, which means that it will now be one ban on direct export of drone engines To Russia and any third country that may supply drones to Russia.
None of the measures taken in response to Russia’s destabilizing actions in Ukraine have in any way targeted trade in agricultural and food products, including wheat and fertilizers, between third countries and Russia. However, in view of the Union’s determination to prevent and combat food insecurity worldwide, and to prevent irregularities in the payment channels for agricultural products, it was decided to introduce a new exception allowing the freezing of the assets of certain enterprises. who played an important role in international trade agricultural and food products, including wheat and fertilizersprior to their registration in the list and providing conditions for the provision of funds and economic resources for the use of those persons.
The EU will impose an asset freeze on two more Russian banks and add the Russian Regional Development Bank to the list of Russian state or controlled entities subject to a comprehensive operating ban.
In response to the systematic international campaign of disinformation and information manipulation carried out by the Russian Federation, aimed at destabilizing neighboring countries, the EU and its Member States, the Council initiated the process of suspending the broadcasting licenses of four television stations. additional media: NTV/NTV Mir, Russia 1, REN TV and Pervyi Kanal. These media are directly or indirectly under the constant control of the leadership of the Russian Federation and have been used by Russia for continuous and concerted disinformation and war propaganda that legitimizes Russian aggression and undermines support for Ukraine. In accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights, these measures will not prevent these media and their employees from carrying out activities other than broadcasting in the EU, such as research and interviews.
Today’s decisions prohibit the Russian Federation from providing the EU with advertising, market research and opinion polling services, as well as product testing and technical inspection services.
Energy and mining sectors
The EU will extend the ban targeting new investments in Russia’s energy sector prohibiting In addition to New investments in Russia’s mining sectorexcept for mining and extraction activities related to certain critical raw materials.
As of today, EU citizens will be prohibited from holding any position in the governing bodies of any Russian legal entity, entity or body owned or controlled by the Russian state located on Russian territory.
In addition to economic sanctions, the Council decided to adopt a full range of individual measures, both in number and content. a list containing many additional people and institutions.
In the face of Russia’s aggressive war, the EU stands firmly with Ukraine and its people and fully supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
Relevant legislative acts will be published soon Official newspaperfrom the EU.