The EU is preparing new sanctions against Russia

Charles MichelPhoto: Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP
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Barely a day after the EU leaders adopted a comprehensive sanctions package against Russia, new sanctions are being prepared, EU President Charles Michel stated.

The decision to tighten sanctions was made after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj spoke with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday, calling for even tougher sanctions against Russia.

“All options for sanctions have not yet been used up. The pressure on Russia must increase,” Zelenskyj tweeted after the conversation.

EU leaders adopted a comprehensive sanctions package on Thursday but did not go so far as to throw Russia out of the international banking transaction system SWIFT. Germany, among others, opposed it.

According to von der Leyen, the sanctions passed on Thursday hit “70% of the Russian banking market, as well as several state-owned companies, including the defense sector.”

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) has confirmed that Norway will join the EU sanctions.

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