Even though Wednesday’s statement did not go into details, preparatory talks centred on imposing export restrictions on Russia‘s lucrative diamond industry.
“The proposals for listings include actors from the Russian military, defense and IT sectors, as well as other important economic operators,” the EU Commission statement said. It said that the latest package would target more than 120 individuals and entities.
Because the EU needs to get everyone on board, the outcome is not fully set yet. In the past, Hungary, which still has close relations with Moscow, has been able to delay and water down some sanctions packages.
The announcement came hours only after a visit of Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to EU Commission headquarters.