Twelfth sanctions package presented in Brussels

Twelfth sanctions package presented in Brussels
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full screen EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that he hoped to present sanctions package number 12 on Wednesday – and it has now been done. Stock photo. Photo: Virginia Mayo/AP/TT

The last time the EU countries agreed on increased sanctions against Russia due to the war in Ukraine was in June. Now a new attempt is being made since sanctions package number 12 was presented to the member states.

Among other things, sanctions are proposed in the form of entry bans and freezing of any assets in the EU for a further 120 people and organizations or companies. In addition, a series of new import and export bans are proposed, including against the Russian diamond industry.

“The EU’s policy is firmly in increasing the pressure on Russia to stop their repeated violations of UN rules and international law and make these increasingly costly for the Russian war machine,” according to a press release.

The package will now be handled by the member states, mainly via their ambassadors in Brussels. Complete agreement is required for the package to go through.