Moscow: The European Union on Friday published in its official journal information on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, which includes the oil embargo and the SWIFT ban on Sberbank.
The union has updated its list of personal sanctions, which now includes retired Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who is believed to have personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Sputnik news agency reported.
Additionally, the EU imposed sanctions on family members of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and co-founder of Yandex Arkady Volozh.
The sanctions are also imposed on several Russian entities, including the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ), vehicle manufacturer KAMAZ and aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi.
The visit comes a day after the European Union officially approved the sixth set of sanctions against Moscow, including a phase-out of Russian oil and the disconnection of more Russian banks from SWIFT.
“In light of Russia’s continuing war of aggression against Ukraine and Belarusian support for it, as well as the reported atrocities committed by Russian armed forces in Ukraine, the Council decided today to impose a sixth set of economic and individual sanctions targeting both Russia and Belarus,” the European Council said in a statement.
The new package includes a ban on “the purchase, import or transfer of crude oil and certain petroleum products from Russia to the EU”, phasing out Russian oil to take “6 months for oil crude at 8 months for other refined petroleum products.
“A temporary exception is provided for imports of crude oil by pipeline into EU Member States which, due to their geographical location, suffer from a specific dependence on Russian supplies and do not have viable alternative options. In addition, Bulgaria and Croatia will also benefit from temporary derogations regarding the import of Russian maritime crude oil and vacuum gas oil respectively,” the statement said.