EU ambassadors approve sixth sanctions package against Russia and Belarus
June 2, 2022

EU ambassadors approve sixth sanctions package against Russia and Belarus

On 2 June, the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER II) agreed to the sixth package of sanctions, proposed by the Extraordinary European Council on 30 May. 

This sanctions package includes:

  • Sanctions against members of the security and military apparatus, notably linked to the Bucha massacres, entities in the industrial and technological sector linked to Russian aggression, oligarchs, Russian propaganda actors and their family members.
  • The ban on oil imports from Russia by sea. This ban, combined with national decisions by Germany and Poland, will reduce Russian oil imports by 92% by the end of the year. 
  • It will be complemented as soon as possible by a ban on oil imports from Russia by pipeline.
  • The disconnection from the Swift system of three Russian banks, including Sberbank, and one Belarusian bank. 
  • The extension of export bans to Russia, including on chemicals and high-tech goods.
  • A ban on the provision of services to the Russian oil sector.
  • A ban on three Russian media outlets involved in the dissemination of propaganda.
  • A ban on consultancy services for Russian operators.

This package of sanctions will be adopted by the Council by written procedure with a view to its publication tomorrow in the Official Journal of the EU.

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