Ukraine: the European Union adopts a new set of sanctions, three Chinese firms targeted

The twenty-seven ambassadors of the European Union meeting this Wednesday, February 21, in Brussels gave the green light from the capitals to the adoption of a new set of sanctions against Russia. It will be the thirteenth since the invasion of Ukraine two years ago.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Wednesday September 13, 2023. © AP - Jean-François Badias

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This is the thirteenth package of sanctions taken by the European Union since the start of the war in


. This Wednesday, European Union ambassadors agreed on a package of sanctions which targets three Chinese firms in particular. The objective is to strengthen efforts to avoid circumvention of the measures in place.

These new measures, which must be ratified by the Twenty-Seven before the second anniversary of Russia

's invasion of Ukraine

, target for example three


companies which supplied the Russian army.

North Korea


also targeted, reports our correspondent in Brussels,

Pierre Benazet

. Companies from






were also targeted for contributing to the Russian war effort. Among the sanctions, we find in particular the blacklisting of the North Korean defense minister for having sent missiles and shells to Moscow.

Also readAre sanctions against Russia really effective?

“Degrading Putin’s war machine


The EU blacklist includes more than 2,000 people or entities, according to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, for whom the EU is thus maintaining “

pressure on the Kremlin

”. “ 

We must continue to degrade Putin’s war machine

 ,” she added on X.

I welcome the agreement on our 13th sanctions package against Russia

⁰We must keep degrading Putin's war machine.

⁰With 2000 listings in total, we keep the pressure high on the Kremlin.

⁰We are also further cutting Russia's access to drones.

— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 21, 2024

This thirteenth set of sanctions was designed for smooth adoption and it was indeed adopted very quickly since the first proposal only dates back to February 8. Hungary had for a moment blocked the adoption of this new package of sanctions, but ultimately decided not to veto


. “ 

I think the European Union is making the wrong decision

 ,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said this week. “ 

It has been proven that these sanctions packages impact Europe much more than the Russian economy

 ,” he added.

Read alsoThe EU sanctions Russian entities behind a vast disinformation campaign


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