In addition, the diplomat promised an “appropriate reaction” Russia's decision to expand the black list of banned persons. As the Financial Times wrote, the EU is developing sanctions against the energy sector of Russia, including against new gas projects. On January 29, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told El Mundo newspaper that the disagreement concerns the scale of sanctions against Russia, as well as the provision of military assistance to Ukraine. We are also considering long-term export controls that would deny Russia the products it needs to fulfill its strategic ambitions,— he said. But, according to Bloomberg, Germany does not agree to support the package, which includes such restrictions. Borrell: EU has advanced in the development of sanctions against Russia The EU has “advanced” in the development of highly effective sanctions against Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on January 28 that the imposition of sanctions could be a reason for breaking off relations between Russia and the West, in that if a package is adopted, “accompanied by a complete disconnection from the financial and economic systems that are controlled by the West.” Lavrov expressed doubt that such a development of events would be “in someone's interests.”
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Источник rbc.ru However, the country agrees to impose sanctions against Russian banks, state-owned enterprises and oligarchs. They will affect not only the economy and financial system, but also the export of products that are important for the implementation of the country's “strategic ambitions”
The European Union, in the upcoming sanctions against Russia, plans to introduce export control measures to deprive the country of products necessary for the realization of “strategic ambitions”, wrote in his blog the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell. We are talking about the ban on entry into Russia by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 28 for the heads of “certain European PMCs”; (private military companies), representatives of law enforcement agencies, legislative and executive authorities of the EU countries. The Euractiv publication reported that the “opposition led by Germany” removed this issue from consideration. Another controversial issue in the discussion of sanctions was Russia's disconnection from the SWIFT international interbank system. “We have advanced in preparing a highly effective response that will cause serious damage to the Russian economy and financial system. At the same time, there is no unity regarding restrictive measures among the EU member countries. The diplomat pointed out that the EU was concerned not only with the development of sanctions, but also with strengthening its energy stability “through cooperation with partners such as the United States, Qatar and Azerbaijan on the issue of gas supplies” if there are interruptions from the Russian side. According to Borrell, such an action by the Russian authorities “fuels the atmosphere of tension in Europe, instead of contributing to de-escalation.”
The EU is preparing a package of sanctions against Russia due to the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine. Borrell believes that Russia is waging a “war of nerves” in the international arena.