But so far they have not been able to agree on the details. And the list of goods whose supplies to Russia are proposed to be banned is surprisingly detailed, writes EUobserver. The 146-page document contains many “symbolic items” but does not address strategic areas of the Russian economy, the publication reports, citing sources.
What, according to EUobserver, will be in the tenth package of EU sanctions:
Some types of electronics, lasers, radio equipment, software, and rare earth minerals will be banned from exporting to Russia. At the same time, the list is accurate to the smallest detail, the newspaper notes: it indicates specific models of equipment and chemical formulas of substances, the supply of which will be prohibited.
Sanctions are planned to be imposed against eight Iranian companies for the export of dual-use technologies to Russia.
The EU also wants to ban the export of bidets, toilet bowls and flush cisterns to Russia. Other than that, LEDs, hemp yarn, forklifts, mail sorters, chimneys, bricks, tires, and even fountain pen nibs are pre-listed.
In addition, the sanctions list is planned to include means to disperse riots – water cannons and electric shock weapons, as well as pyrotechnics, including those used on stage and in films for special effects.
From the media this time, RT Arabic and Sputnik Arabic may fall under sanctions. Of the banks – Alfa-Bank, Rosbank, Tinkoff and some fourth bank (many foreign media write about the fourth bank, but no one names it).
There are also about 130 individuals on the list. These are mainly propagandists, military men, as well as petty politicians and civil servants, whose names are almost unknown to anyone, because all significant personalities, including Putin himself, are already under sanctions.
The sanctions should also bar Russians from holding senior positions in European businesses linked to critical infrastructure. They also provide for fines for European banks that help Russians hide assets.
The list consists of symbolic items and little-known technologies, while Russia’s diamond and nuclear industries remain free from sanctions (we talked about how sanctions still affect the work of Rosatom, we talked about here), notes EUobserver. In addition, the EU continues to supply Russia with potential components for weapons, the newspaper writes.
The sanctions package is still under discussion and may be subject to change, adds EUobserver.