The European Union approves the 11th package of sanctions against Russia

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On Wednesday, the European Union approved the eleventh package of sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, including measures aimed at tightening the screws to prevent it from circumventing the sanctions already imposed.

Sweden, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said the new measures approved during a meeting of the bloc’s ambassadors in Brussels.

As part of the new sanctions package, the European Union has included three Hong Kong-based companies on a list of companies whose exports of sensitive technologies restricted by the bloc.

On the other hand, five companies from mainland China that were included in an earlier proposal were removed from the list, according to a diplomatic source, after Beijing pushed Brussels to do so.

The European Union, which includes 27 countries, imposed an unprecedented set of sanctions on Moscow since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the war on Ukraine last February.

European diplomats acknowledged that the bloc is now close to reaching the limit of broad measures that would be approved by all EU countries.

Brussels has now turned its attention to filling loopholes in the sanctions imposed.

The EU is seeking to crack down on the re-export of sensitive battlefield technology, such as microchips, via third countries to Russia.

European officials have said that countries such as Türkiye, the UAE and former Soviet countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia have seen a huge increase in the goods subject to sanctions that they import.

Companies in Armenia, Iran, Uzbekistan and the UAE are also on the list of companies subject to export restrictions.

In an attempt to persuade third countries to take strict measures to prevent sensitive technology from reaching Russia, the EU is creating a measure that allows it to restrict some exports to countries that don’t cooperate.

It also bans vessels suspected of receiving secret orders for Russian oil at sea from reaching EU ports.

As part of the latest package, the EU added to its blacklist of 71 people and 33 entities involved in the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.

These individuals include Russian officers, figures associated with the Wagner armed group, and people who participated in the mobilization of Russian forces.

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