EU announced a new sanctions package against Russia

April 4, The European Union has announced a new sanctions package against Russia, including an embargo on Russian oil. The sanctions also reportedly target the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

EU shuts out Russia’s Sberbank from SWIFT

A new round of EU sanctions seeks to shut out Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, from the SWIFT international banking payment system.
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen announced the measures, alongside a Russian oil embargo, on Wednesday.

Sberbank and two other big Russian banks will be cut off from international financial communication systems.
The EU has also imposed a ban on three Russian state broadcasters, which von der Leyen describes as “mouthpieces that aggressively amplify Putin’s lies and propaganda.”
“Today we will propose to ban all Russian oil from Europe,” von der Leyen said in the European Parliament, adding that “this will not be easy.”
The new measures would ban imports of Russian oil in the bloc by the end of this year.
The latest sanctions package was expected to include several major exceptions for Slovakia and Hungary. Von der Leyen, however, did not mention any exemptions in her speech.
The Defense Ministry of Belarus announced the start of “sudden” military drills on Wednesday, Russian and Belarusian media reported.

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