The European Union imposes new sanctions on Russia as the first anniversary of the war approaches

The European Union imposes new sanctions on Russia as the first anniversary of the war approaches  BRUSSELS: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday announced a 10th round of sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, as the first anniversary of the war approaches.  "Russia's aggressive war, for nearly a year now, has been sowing death and destruction," von der Leyen said in a video statement.  "The perpetrator has to pay for this," she added.  The package includes an EU export ban of 11 billion euros ($12 billion) worth of industrial goods and biotechnology and controls on 47 new electronic components used in Russian weapons systems.  Von der Leyen said the aim was to target industrial goods "that Russia needs and that it can't get from other countries like China."  Von der Leyen said that Russian sanctions would target Iran in connection with the supply of drones to Tehran that the Kremlin used in attacks on Ukraine, and that seven Iranian entities would be sanctioned.  Von der Ley said the EU was "ready to include more Iranian and other entities that provide sensitive technology to Russia."  Von der Leyen added that this would act as a broader deterrent.  Von der Leyen said the commission is also targeting more individuals in the Russian media as Russian President Vladimir Putin is "waging war in the public space".  Von der Leyen added that EU efforts should be intensified to prevent sanctions evasion and to take a census of the assets of Russia's central banks in the bloc.  The European Union has already imposed several packages of sanctions on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine last February, targeting the Russian economy, financial system, central bank and senior Russian government officials.

BRUSSELS: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday announced a 10th round of sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, as the first anniversary of the war approaches.

"Russia's aggressive war, for nearly a year now, has been sowing death and destruction," von der Leyen said in a video statement.

"The perpetrator has to pay for this," she added.

The package includes an EU export ban of 11 billion euros ($12 billion) worth of industrial goods and biotechnology and controls on 47 new electronic components used in Russian weapons systems.

Von der Leyen said the aim was to target industrial goods "that Russia needs and that it can't get from other countries like China."

Von der Leyen said that Russian sanctions would target Iran in connection with the supply of drones to Tehran that the Kremlin used in attacks on Ukraine, and that seven Iranian entities would be sanctioned.

Von der Ley said the EU was "ready to include more Iranian and other entities that provide sensitive technology to Russia."

Von der Leyen added that this would act as a broader deterrent.

Von der Leyen said the commission is also targeting more individuals in the Russian media as Russian President Vladimir Putin is "waging war in the public space".

Von der Leyen added that EU efforts should be intensified to prevent sanctions evasion and to take a census of the assets of Russia's central banks in the bloc.

The European Union has already imposed several packages of sanctions on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine last February, targeting the Russian economy, financial system, central bank and senior Russian government officials.
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