The next package of sanctions, which includes restrictions on Russian oil, may be introduced as early as next week, said the official representative of the French Foreign Ministry. According to her, Paris is participating in its discussion
France expects the introduction of new EU sanctions against Russia, including restrictions on oil in the near future. This was announced by the official representative of the French Foreign Ministry, Anne-Clair Legendre, on the air of BFMTV, Le Progres reports. According to her, the sixth package of sanctions may be adopted as early as next week.
Earlier, the Politico portal wrote, citing sources, that Brussels was going to present the next package of sanctions to the EU countries on Monday, April 25, to be discussed and introduced within a week until April 29.
After the start of the Russian military special operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including the European Union, imposed several rounds of sanctions against Moscow.
European restrictive measures affected the reserves and assets of the Central Bank, several Russian banks, including VTB and Otkritie, the export of technological products, the supply of aircraft and spare parts for them, as well as access to European financial markets. Personal sanctions, which include the freezing of assets and accounts, have affected businessmen, top managers of companies, officials and politicians, including President Vladimir Putin.
The EU introduced the previous, fifth package of sanctions on April 8. The sanctions banned the import and transit of coal from Russia, the export of printing paper, planting material, the supply of certain turbines and engines, and particle accelerators. The restrictions also imply an extended ban on the import of petrochemical equipment, including for LNG projects.
The fact that the European Commission is preparing the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, which implies restrictions on the oil sector, was said in mid-April by the head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen. Also, according to her, the EU is discussing new restrictions against Russia's largest bank— Sberbank.
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