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EU’s von der Leyen proposes sanctions to target Russia’s drone supply

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed on Wednesday a ninth package of EU sanctions on Russia to target 200 more individuals and limit the country's supply of drones.

Brussels, 8 December 2022 (dpa/MIA) – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed on Wednesday a ninth package of EU sanctions on Russia to target 200 more individuals and limit the country’s supply of drones.

“Russia continues to bring death and devastation to Ukraine,” von der Leyen said in a Twitter video to announce the move. Russia is trying to “paralyse the country” ahead of winter, she said.

Persons targeted include members of the Russian armed forces, companies in the defence sector, and those involved in attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, von der Leyen said.

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Twitter added judicial officials to the list.

The European Union is to also “ban the direct exports of drone engines to Russia and the export to any third country, such as Iran, which could supply drones to Russia,” von der Leyen said.

Further export controls on restrictions on dual-use goods are proposed for implementation, von der Leyen said, listing chemicals, nerve agents, IT components and electronics that could be used for weapons manufacturing by Russia.

As well sanctions on three more Russian banks, a full transaction ban is to be placed on the Russian Regional Development Bank, von der Leyen said. Four more TV channels are to be banned from broadcasting.

More Russian economic sectors are to be targeted including a ban on new mining investments in Russia, von der Leyen said.

The announcement comes on the heels of an EU oil embargo on Russian imports coming into effect on Monday in parallel to an oil price cap on Russian exports.

So far more than 1,241 individuals and 118 entities connected to Russia have been sanctioned, including President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle.

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