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New EU sanctions on Russia not ready – Borrell – RT World News

EU foreign policy chief says there is no agreement on a ninth package of restrictions ahead of a ministerial meeting

EU members have yet to find common ground on the latest proposed set of sanctions against Russia ahead of a ministerial meeting, where a vote on the restrictions is due to take place, the foreign policy chief has said. EU, Josep Borrell.

The bloc’s foreign ministers gathered in Brussels on Monday for their final meeting scheduled for this year to discuss, among other things, the ninth round of economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Borrell told reporters upon arriving at the event that the meeting would be “very long and difficult” adding that there was “matters to be agreed” on the latest sanctions proposal from the European Commission.

“We are still not there” he said. “The proposal has been discussed, and I thought that this morning we could say ‘green light’. This is still not the case. »

EU media reported that Hungary, which is highly critical of Brussels’ approach to the Ukraine conflict, is against the proposed measures. The commission is seeking to add some 200 entities to its blacklist and target Russia’s mining sector, its chairwoman, Ursula von der Leyen, said last week when announcing the move.

The bloc’s foreign ministers will also discuss imposing new sanctions on Iran, both for its response to mass protests in the country and for allegedly supplying arms to Russia, Borrell said.

Iran and Russia have denied claims by Western and Ukrainian officials that Moscow is buying drones from Tehran to attack Ukraine and that it is considering procuring Iranian tactical ballistic missiles for the same purpose.

Iran’s government has faced months-long protests after a woman was arrested for allegedly wearing a “improper” hijab died in police custody in September. Protesters say Mahsa Amini was beaten to death, while Iranian authorities say she died of a pre-existing medical condition.
Tehran says more than 200 people have been killed in clashes between rioters and law enforcement during the protests, and has accused Western nations of inciting violence.

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