EU finally agrees on ninth package of sanctions against Russia
The EU approved a new package of sanctions against Russia for its attack on Ukraine (Photo:Markus Spiske/Unsplash)
The European Union has agreed on a ninth package of sanctions against Russia, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Twitter on Dec. 16.
“Today we are stepping up the pressure on Russia with a ninth package of sanctions,” she said.
According to the official, this batch of sanctions is focused on technology, finance and media, in order to further derail the Russian economy and war machine.
Von der Leyen added that sanctions were introduced against almost 200 more individuals and entities, and three more Russian banks.
“We also target the Russian propaganda machine by proposing to take four more channels off the air and we propose more economic measures against the Russian energy and mining sector,” she tweeted.
The agreed package includes a series of measures intended to hit the Russian economy hard, and impact its abilities to continue its aggression against Ukraine.
According to the EU’s statement on the sanctions, the measures target dual-use goods, banks, broadcasting companies, energy and mining, and the consulting sec-tors of the Russian economy.
At the same time, the European Council said in a press release on Dec. 16 that the package of sanctions is a response to Russia’s continuing war of aggression against Ukraine and the gravity of the current escalation against civilians and civilian infra-structure.
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