Russian banks and invasion leaders in focus as EU debates new sanctions
Representatives of the 27 European Union countries meet in Brussels on Wednesday (15 February) to discuss a new batch of sanctions against Russia, with politicians, military leaders and four more Russian banks expected to be targeted.
“We will impose sanctions on a number of politicians and military leaders,” the head of EU executive European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said last week after a summit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Her Commission has since proposed EU countries should cut four more Russian banks, including the private Alfa-Bank, the online bank Tinkoff and the commercial lender Rosbank from global messaging system SWIFT, two EU diplomatic sources said on condition of anonymity.
The export bans are meant to stifle Russia’s ability to produce arms and equipment deployed against Ukraine.
At the last EU summit on 9 February Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said his country would impose a veto on any EU sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry.
His statement drew criticism in his country, with experts saying that such veto in unnecessary, as the Bulgarian nuclear central of Kozloduy, although built at the time of the Soviet Union, has been modernised and can rely on US-made fuel.