© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen attends a joint information convention with Moldova’s President Maia Sandu in Chisinau, Moldova November 10, 2022. REUTERS/Vladislav Culiomza
By Essi Lehto
HELSINKI (Reuters) -The European Union is urgent forward with a ninth sanctions bundle on Russia in response to Moscow’s assault on Ukraine, European Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen mentioned throughout a go to to Finland on Thursday.
“We’re working arduous to hit Russia the place it hurts to blunt even additional its capability to wage warfare on Ukraine and I can announce at this time that we’re working full velocity on a ninth sanctions bundle,” von der Leyen informed a information convention.
“And I am assured that we’ll very quickly approve a world value cap on Russian oil with the G7 and different main companions. We won’t relaxation till Ukraine has prevailed over Putin and his illegal and barbaric warfare,” she mentioned.
Von der Leyen didn’t present particulars of what measures a brand new spherical of EU sanctions might comprise.
The union final month gave a last approval to its eighth batch of sanctions over the invasion, together with extra restrictions on commerce in metal and tech merchandise.
At a joint information convention with the prime ministers of Finland and Estonia, and the deputy prime minister of Sweden, von der Leyen mentioned Russia’s assaults on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure akin to energy provide amounted to warfare crimes.
“I additionally know our Ukranian buddies will overcome this technique as a result of they’re robust and their trigger is simply and we, the EU, stand right here by them in these very troublesome occasions so long as it takes,” she mentioned.
The European Parliament on Wednesday designated Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing that its army strikes on Ukrainian civilian targets akin to power infrastructure, hospitals, faculties and shelters violated worldwide legislation.
Russia denies intentionally concentrating on civilians in Ukraine however acknowledges a marketing campaign of strikes towards electrical energy and different infrastructure, which Moscow suggests are aimed toward decreasing Kyiv’s potential to battle and pushing it to barter.