EU approves new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine war

Brussels –

The European Union said it approved new sanctions on Thursday aimed at increasing pressure on Russia to wage war in Ukraine.

Details of the package have not been revealed after days of deliberation at a meeting of ambassadors from the Group of 27 nations.

The Czech Republic, which holds the EU Council presidency, said the package would be confirmed through a written process on Friday. Details will then be published in the EU’s legal records.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, last week proposed a travel ban and asset freeze on nearly 200 Russian officials and military officers as part of a new round of measures.

The targets of the latest proposed sanctions include government ministers, lawmakers, regional governors and political parties.

As well as imposing sanctions on various entities, banks and individuals, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and his family, the EU has previously worked closely with Western allies to approve embargoes on coal and seaborne oil imports.

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