“We are taking additional measures that affect the banking sector, access to dual-use technologies and advanced technologies,” Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy (blocked in Russia), wrote on Twitter.
The new sanctions package also introduces further export bans on critical technology and industrial goods, such as electronics, specialty vehicles, machine parts, truck and jet engine parts, and construction goods, which can be shipped to the Russian Armed Forces. eg antennas or cranes.
In addition, additional restrictions are being introduced on the import of goods that “bring significant revenue to Russia, such as asphalt and synthetic rubber.” The new restrictions also prohibit the provision of gas storage capacity to Russian citizens.
The European Union has begun the process of suspending the broadcast licenses of Arabic-language media outlets RT and Sputnik, as Russia is believed to be using them for “ongoing and concerted military propaganda and disinformation activities.”
Tinkoff-Bank, Alfa-Bank and Rosbank, ONF and FNB, RNPK, MIA Rossiya Segodnya and the Patriot media group fell under the new EU sanctions. In total, it is planned to reduce trade with Russia by 10 billion euros. For the first time, seven Iranian companies that produce drones are subject to European restrictions.
The tenth package of sanctions was difficult to negotiate. It was two hours to midnight and the EU member states crossed the finish line with little time after the Poles got involved. Everyone was surprised that a “hawk” like Poland slows down the adoption of restrictive measures. Ultimately, Warsaw said the proposed restrictions on Russian rubber imports into the EU included such a large import quota and such long transition periods that they would have no effect in practice.