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Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

EU adopts new sanctions against Russia


In view of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the EU is adopting new sanctions against Russia. This is the second sanctions package adopted during Sweden’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The focus is on measures that restrict Russia’s access to European technology and prevent the sanctions from being circumvented via third countries.

“The destruction of the Kakhovka dam shows the brutality of Russia’s war against Ukraine and its contempt for civilian life and infrastructure. It also shows the need for the EU to increase the pressure on Russia. Through the new sanctions, we are cutting off the Russian state’s revenues and war capacity even further. Sweden has been proactive in these efforts,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström. 

The new package will further limit Russia’s access to technology and industrial goods used in weapons systems. The package also includes measures to prevent circumvention of the sanctions and so ensure that these products do not reach Russia through intermediaries. The bans on access to EU ports and transit of goods through Russia are also being expanded. 

In addition to the economic sanctions, some 100 people and entities are being added to the sanctions lists. Among those targeted by the sanctions are individuals who took part in the abduction of Ukrainian children, military and political decision-makers and companies that support or work in the military industry.

This is the second sanctions package adopted during Sweden’s Presidency. Sweden’s role has been to lead the discussions between the Member States and bring about an agreement on the sanctions, which are adopted unanimously. 

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