EU unable to agree 10th package of Russia sanctions

22 February, 09:18 PM
EU countries are working on new anti-Russian sanctions (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

EU countries are working on new anti-Russian sanctions (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

European Union officials were unable to agree on the tenth package of sanctions against Russia, which they planned to introduce before the anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Radio Liberty journalist Rikard Jozwiak reported via Twitter on Feb. 22.

“No agreement among EU ambassadors today on the 10th sanctions package on Russia,” Jozwiak wrote.

“Talks continue tomorrow. Getting worryingly close to the ‘self-imposed’ deadline of Feb. 24.”

Reuters also reported that the EU countries couldn’t agree on new sanctions, as several issues remain unresolved. One European diplomat expressed confidence that agreements would be reached on Feb. 23, and finalized on Feb. 24.

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The sanctions package is expected to include trade restrictions worth more than EUR 10 billion ($10.63 billion), including a ban on the import of Russian rubber into the EU and the export of dual-use technological equipment, spare parts to Russia.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on Feb. 15 that the 10th package of European Union sanctions against Russia will target goods with a total value of $11 billion. It will consist of trade embargoes and technology controls.

According to the WSJ, the United States plans to announce a new package of sanctions against 200 Russian individuals and legal entities this week.

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