Faced with what is considered a “major escalation” of an unjust war against Ukraine, the European Union is already preparing new sanctions at full speed. The Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, not only announced yesterday the mobilization of 300,000 reservistsbut instead threatened to use nuclear weapons. For this reason, as announced by the High Representative of the EU, Josep Borrell, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, the European Union is already preparing more sanctions against new sectors of the Russian economy, such as technology, and new individuals.
The decision to launch what would be the seventh sanctions package It was taken this morning, in New York, where most of the foreign ministers of the European Union are present, for the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
“We have decided to launch new sanctions as soon as possible and continue to support kyiv militarilyBorrell declared after the extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers. Von der Leyen, for his part, in an interview with CNN, pointed to the civil technology exports to stifle Russia’s war economy.
Although Putin insists on underestimating the sanctions, in Brussels they are convinced that they are working and they understand this latest move by Moscow as a sign of Putin’s “desperation”.
“The Russian financial sector It works with assisted breathing. We have disconnected three quarters of your banking sector of international markets, almost a thousand international companies have left the country. […] Airlines are bringing planes back to the ground because have no components. The military is taking chips out of dishwashers and refrigerators to repair their hardware, because they are running out of semiconductors. Russian industry crumblesPresident von der Leyen said in her State of the Union address a week ago.
“Threatening to use nuclear weapons is a real danger to the whole world. The international community must react to this threat,” said Borrell, who has accused Putin of being “cynical”, since the announcement of mobilizing up to 300,000 reservists against Ukraine and using nuclear weapons occurred on World Peace Day.
Furthermore, for the European Union it is now more than clear that Putin’s intention is to “destroy” Ukraine all the way. It should also be remembered that this week the pro-Russian authorities have announced several annexation referendums in ukrainian regions occupied, for which Borrell has pointed to those responsible:
“Russia, its political leaders and all those involved in the organization of these referendums, as well as in other violations of International Law and International Humanitarian Law in Ukraine, will be held accountable and additional restrictive measures will be introduced against Russia as soon as possible,” said the head of community diplomacy.
“We will not allow ourselves to be intimidated and we will continue to give our full support to Ukraine, its sovereignty and its democracy,” said the former Spanish minister.
Zelenksi asks to withdraw Russia’s veto right in the Security Council
The UN General Assembly has also served so that the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, could call for the withdrawal of Russia’s veto power in the United Nations Security Council and has proposed five points to end the conflict, the first of which should be to withdraw the “aggressor” from the right of veto. He has also proposed the creation of a special court to judge those responsible for the war.
Six packages of sanctions
Until now, Europe, in coordination with the international community, has applied up to six packages of sanctions against Russia. Among the measures taken is the disconnection of a majority of the country’s financial entities from the international SWIFT system; the embargo on coal purchases and partially on oil purchases; the veto on the export of certain key products for the Russian economy; the blockade of the reserves of the Bank of Russia that are in Western jurisdiction or direct sanctions on oligarchs or Putin himself.