German authorities are calling for a ban on citizens of the European Union (EU) from holding senior positions in Russian state-owned companies. On Sunday, September 25, the newspaper wrote Suddeutsche Zeitung with reference to a document in its possession sent by Berlin to its partners in the community.
The document states that EU citizens should no longer be allowed to sit on the supervisory board or board of Russian state-owned companies.
It is assumed, according to the newspaper, that the ban will be part of the next package of Western sanctions against Russia.
In the document, the German government also advocates limiting world oil prices. In addition, the German government demands that the European Union ban cooperation with Russian nuclear companies.
According to the authors of the material, the federal government substantiates the proposal to ban EU citizens from holding positions in Russian state corporations with the problem of “strategic corruption”.
However, the authors clarify, the ban does not apply to European subsidiaries of Russian concerns.
In addition to Germany, the article says, Ireland, Poland and the three Baltic countries sent out a similar joint document for discussion.
The governments of these five countries are also in favor of stopping the import of Russian uranium and want to ban the use of Kaspersky Lab’s anti-virus software in the EU.
Earlier, on September 23, Bloomberg reported on the plans of Poland, Ireland and the Baltic countries to ban Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG). It was also clarified that these states propose to ban the transfer of dollar bills to Russia and increase restrictions on transactions related to cryptocurrency.
Earlier on the same day, the Financial Times wrote that the next package of anti-Russian sanctions that the EU plans to adopt may relate to limiting the cost of oil, cybersecurity, and information technology.
On September 21, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the European Union plans to introduce new sanctions against Russia as soon as possible because of the referendums in Donbas. We are talking about sanctions against the financial sector, technology and the possible expansion of sanctioned individuals. He also added that the association will continue to support Ukraine with the supply of military equipment as needed.
It is known that the EU is considering the possibility of starting to include representatives of the Russian media in the sanctions lists, however, diplomats of the association do not like to resort to the practice of imposing sanctions restrictions on media representatives.
Western countries began to tighten sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow’s special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass, which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The situation in the region escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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