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BRUSSELS: The EU agreed a new round of sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine on Friday, one year since Moscow’s invasion, the bloc’s Swedish presidency said.

The package – the 10th the EU has imposed since the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022 – contains, it said, “targeted limited measures against individuals and entities that support the war, spread propaganda or deliver drones used by Russia in the war”.

Final approval of the sanctions was expected early Saturday, unless any EU country files a final objection.

The details of the mentioned persons and entities will then be published in the official journal of the European Union.

An EU diplomat said AFP that 120 natural persons and entities and three more Russian banks are listed.

The EU measures echoed sanctions announced earlier Friday by the United States and Britain, and came after a G7 statement warning of penalties for any country that encourages Russia in its war.

Another EU diplomat said the sanctions deal had “no compromise” on the proposal the European Commission put forward to member states.

The proposed package promised to cut off 11 billion euros ($12 billion) worth of industrial goods to Russia and target drone manufacturers in Iran whose drones with warheads are used by Moscow to attack Ukrainian targets.

Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the goods under sanctions on Russia would include electronics and machine parts that could be used in Russian drones, missiles, helicopters and other weapons systems.

She said seven Iranian entities that provide dual-use items to Russia were also included in the Commission’s sanctions proposal.

The EU has already imposed nine waves of unprecedented sanctions on Moscow, hitting key Russian exports such as oil, in a bid to slash Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war chest.

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several EU diplomats said AFP that complaints from Poland slowed the deal on the latest sanctions because Warsaw saw them as insufficient.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, visiting Kiev ahead of the announcement of the EU sanctions deal, said the proposals from Brussels were “too soft, too weak”.


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