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The EU has approved the 10th package of sanctions against Russia

The European Union has agreed on the 10th package of sanctions against Russia. This was announced on Twitter by the Swedish representation in the Council of the EU.

The tenth sanctions package includes tougher export restrictions on dual-use goods and technology, sanctions against propagandists and suppliers of combat drones to Russia, and “measures against Russian disinformation”.

Anonymous European diplomat said AFP that 120 natural and legal persons, as well as three Russian banks, are included in the 10th EU sanctions package. Bloomberg previously reported that we could be talking about restrictions against Alfa-Bank, Tinkoff-Bank and Rosbank.

The Swedish mission said the new sanctions were to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict.

“The European Union is one with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. We will support Ukraine for as long as necessary,” they added.

Poland’s permanent representative to the European Union, Andrzej Sados, said Poland accepted the 10th sanctions package only under several conditions, transmits PORRIDGE:

examination by the European Union of the question of the “illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia”, “immediate” start of work on new sanctions against Belarus, discussion of sanctions in the nuclear sector, including against Rosatom, as well as against the import of Russian diamonds, creation by the European Commission of a monitoring mechanism for the diversification of imports of synthetic rubber from Russia by EU countries, discussion of sanctions against “Russian propagandists” (such as noted Sados, Poland has already submitted more than 150 candidates to the Listing Commission).

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the 10th round of sanctions in early February. She said that new restrictions would be introduced on the anniversary of the start of the military operation in Ukraine and, in particular, would affect the export of Russian products worth $10 billion, as well as Iranian manufacturers of drones.

For several consecutive days, EU countries could not agree on new anti-Russian sanctions, not least because of Poland’s objections to their terms. How Remarks According to the New York Times, EU ambassadors approved the 10th sanctions package less than two hours before their own deadline.

Bloomberg, citing a diplomatic source writingthat the delay in negotiations to agree new sanctions against Russia unpleasantly surprised diplomats from several EU countries. According to the agency, the EU will officially approve the restrictions on February 25.

On the eve of February 24, the United States and Great Britain also announced new sanctions against Russia. The US list, in particular, includes Russian governors, Russia 1 host Olga Skabeeva, several Russian banks and Skolkovo, while the UK list includes Rosatom executives, Rostec defense contractors, Aeroflot representatives and Gazprom.

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