The countries of the European Union (EU) reached a political agreement on Thursday in Brussels on new sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, announced the Czech Republic, the country that holds the rotating presidency of the European Council. The new package of sanctions – the EU’s ninth against Russia– should be confirmed on Friday, the Czech office added on Twitter.
The agreement was sealed at a meeting of the ambassadors in parallel to the summit that the leaders of the EU countries are holding in the Belgian capital. Based on this agreement, the package must be submitted to a written procedure, the Czech presidency noted. During the day, the delegations of Poland and Lithuania blocked an agreement on this package of sanctions, concerned about possible derogations accepted by the bloc states.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, had presented a week ago a proposal for a new package of sanctions, which contemplated the inclusion of about 200 Russian individuals and entities on the restricted list.
The package launched by the Commission includes restrictions on “Russian propaganda” channelsand also proposes a investment blockade in the Russian mining sector.
Similarly, the block is proposed prevent the supply of drones to Russia, both directly and through third countries such as Iran, and to strengthen the restrictions on trade in goods for dual, civil and military use.
The EU has already adopted eight sanctions packages against Russian officials and entities since the start of Russia’s offensive against Ukraine in February.
All persons included in the sanctions list will have access to the European space is vetoed, and any assets they hold in the EU will be frozen.
In addition, as confirmed to EFE various diplomatic sources, the new sanctions package includes the possibility of paying previously sanctioned individuals or companies to allow the transport of wheat and fertilizers to third countries affected by the impact of the war on food shortages and the increase in food prices, they confirmed.
This was a demand that had been called for by various countries, including Spain, France, Germany and Italy to mitigate the impact that previous sanctions packages were having on global food security, but one that Poland and the Baltic countries have opposed for the last week. Today, in the last round of negotiations, only Warsaw and Vilnius were already opposed to easing the sanctions against Russia, but they have finally ended up lifting their veto.
With information from AFP and EFE