The European Union is “ready for a long war in Ukraine” and will support Kyiv for as long as it takes, said Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström, whose country holds the EU presidency.
According to him, the assistance will be comprehensive: political, military, economic and humanitarian. One of the ways to support will be new restrictions against Russia. “Sanctions are the best EU tool to help Ukraine win this war, which is the ultimate goal of what we are doing,” Billström said (quoted by Reuters).
Since the start of the war, the EU has adopted nine packages of sanctions. The new restrictions could include additional asset freezes and travel bans for Russian individuals involved in the war. It is also planned to further tighten imports to Russia of goods that can be used for military purposes.
“Despite Russia’s ongoing attempts to divide us, unity within the EU and across the Atlantic remains strong. The EU is ready to continue to tighten sanctions, ensure their effective and consistent application, and also prevent them from being circumvented by Russia,” Billström stressed.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, at a meeting with Deputy Chairman of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, proposed including sanctions against the Russian nuclear industry in the 10th package and blacklisting Rosatom due to the occupation of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Shmyhal stressed that “the aggressor must be punished for attacks on the energy sector of Ukraine and crimes against the environment.”
In turn, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the expansion of sanctions against those who help Russia in the war with Ukraine, in particular, Belarus and Iran.