EU Targets Over 100 Individuals in New Anti-Russian Sanctions Package

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.23 - 2024 10:11 AM CET

The European Union is preparing its 14th package of sanctions against Russia, which will target over 100 individuals.

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The European Union is set to include more than 100 individuals in its next round of sanctions against Russia, according to a report by the Financial Times.

This latest package aims to penalize those directly involved in the deportation of Ukrainians from Russian-occupied territories and those connected to the production of arms.

The upcoming sanctions will focus on individuals responsible for serious human rights violations and key figures in Russia's defense sector. By targeting those involved in the deportation of Ukrainians and the armaments industry, the EU aims to increase pressure on Moscow amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

In addition to targeting individuals, the European Commission is considering broader economic measures.

European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson has confirmed that the EU plans to impose restrictions on the re-exportation of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to third countries via European ports.

This move is expected to be approved at the EU summit scheduled for June 27-28.

Internal Disagreements

Despite the unified stance on many aspects of the sanctions, there have been divergences among EU member states regarding the scale and specifics of the restrictions.

Countries such as Greece, Cyprus, and Malta have expressed concerns. According to the Financial Times' report, they argue that stricter measures could lead to more opaque practices by ship operators, who may take steps to hide their fleets and circumvent sanctions.

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