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EU adopts 13th package of sanctions against Russia

The EU took aim at Russian military supply chains in third countries like China and Türkiye, sanctioning 27 companies that “directly support Russia’s military and industrial complex.” New sanctions also directly target an additional 106 Russian individuals and 88 entities, bringing the total above 2000 facing penalties.
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EU adopts 13th package of sanctions against Russia

The European Union adopted the 13th package of individual and economic sanctions against Russia on 23 February, the EU Council reported.

The 13th package of sanctions against Russia aims to blacklist Russian drone producers and global procurement networks supplying components to Moscow’s military and was earlier scheduled to be published on 24 February to mark two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We are further tightening the restrictive measures against Russia’s military and defense sector, targeting further entities in third countries who supply equipment as well as those responsible for the illegal deportation and military re-education of Ukrainian children,” High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said

According to the statement, the 13th package imposes restrictive measures on “an additional 106 individuals and 88 entities responsible for actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine,” primarily helping Russia’s military and defense sectors.

According to the Council, the list now includes “over 2000 individuals and entities altogether” that face asset freezes, are banned from traveling to or transacting with the EU, and are forbidden from making funds available.

The package also places export restrictions on 27 companies that “directly support Russia’s military and industrial complex,” some located in third countries like India, China, Sri Lanka, and Türkiye. It expands restrictions on dual-use technologies and UAV components that could “enhance Russia’s defense and security sector” technologically. New limits on electrical transformer exports additionally intend to limit “Russian industrial capabilities.”

The Council also added the United Kingdom to a list of nations limiting Russian iron and steel imports, calling its measures “substantially equivalent to those of the EU.”

The UK government announced over 50 new sanctions against Russia on 22 February, targeting individuals and businesses that support Russia’s war efforts, including munitions manufacturers, electronics companies, and diamond and oil traders.

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