According to the Bloomberg agency, Poland, Ireland and the three Baltic states are demanding increased pressure on Russia in the new package of European Union sanctions.
The paper notes that Poland, Ireland and the three Baltic states want the EU to expand its sanctions on Russian energy to include a ban on liquefied natural gas (LPG) and restrictions on nuclear energy cooperation.
The proposals from the EU group of countries also include the exclusion of more Russian banks from the SWIFT international payment system, starting with Gazprombank.
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ireland and Poland have also put forward proposals to ban insurance services, as well as tighten restrictions on crypto-asset transactions, the document says.
The five countries are also proposing to ban the use of Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab’s products in the EU and to strengthen current restrictions on technology exports.
Bloomberg provides a list of sanctions that were also discussed at the meeting of ministers of the European Union:
- expansion of restrictions imposed on the entry of Russian ships to EU ports;
- introduce a ban on the provision of IT services to Russia, including software and services in the field of cyber security;
- sanctioning more Russian propaganda media and ban EU-registered organizations from receiving funding from organizations linked to the Russian state;
- ban the import of Russian diamonds and limit the import of Russian steel;
- prohibit the sale of real estate to Russian companies and citizens who are not EU residents.
The mass media reported that the countries had previously agreed to limit the prices of Russian oil as part of the eighth package of sanctions against Russia in response to the mobilization in the Russian Federation. Bloomberg clarifies that such a measure would likely require easing the ban on services such as insurance, which are needed to transport some of Russia’s oil supplies.