Ukraine (bbabo.net), - The next - the ninth - package of anti-Russian sanctions the European Union plans to approve in the coming days, none of the countries is going to block it. This was stated today, December 12, by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg upon arrival at a meeting of the EU Council at the level of foreign ministers.
“I expect that in general we will have an agreement on the ninth package, technical details that need to be clarified. I also expect that it will be approved in the coming days, at least in the run-up to the European Council meeting. I don’t think that any of the countries will block it, ”Shallenberg said.
He also said that discussions are underway to expand the list of persons under sanctions, however, the focus is on restrictions on dual-use goods.
Recall that the meeting of the European Council is scheduled for December 15. The European Commission, within the framework of the ninth package of sanctions, intends to blacklist up to 200 individuals, companies and organizations, including three banks, enterprises of the military-industrial complex, the energy complex and the mining industry. The EU also intends to ban the broadcasting of four Russian TV channels on its territory. The European Commission does not disclose the names of companies until the sanctions are approved.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine in response to the request of the leaders of the Donbass republics for help. After that, the US, EU, UK, as well as a number of other states imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities. The EU has already approved eight packages of restrictive measures against Russia. In addition, the West has increased arms supplies to Kyiv by billions of dollars.