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On 21 July 2022 the EU Council adopted further Russia sanctions, including its “maintenance and alignment” sanctions package. The new Regulations/Council Decisions that introduce these sanctions can be found here and here. In summary, the new sanctions package (the “seventh sanctions package”) includes: A new prohibition to purchase, import, or transfer, directly or indirectly, gold, if it originates in Russia and it has been exported from Russia into the EU or to any third country. This…

On 3rd of June 2022, the Council decided to impose a sixth package of economic and individual sanctions targeting both Russia and Belarus. Relevant legislation implementing the sixth package of sanctions can be found here. The new sanctions ban the import of Russian oil into the EU, they cut off more of the key Russian banks from the international payment system SWIFT, they sanction additional parties and they ban more disinformation actors actively contributing to…

On Tuesday, 22 February, a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers took place to discuss a proposed package of sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions of Ukraine. After the meeting, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, held a press conference where they confirmed the following: All 351 members of the lower…