The European Union is considering punishing countries that trade with Moscow and help it evade sanctions

Ursula von der Leyen and Volodimir Zelensky (Reuters) (VALENTYN OGIRENKO /)

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyencelebrated Europe Day this Tuesday in kyiv with the Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelensky, with an announcement of new legal mechanisms to avoid violation of the European regime of sanctions against Russia.

“We have recently seen a very unusual increase in the flow of trade between the European Union and certain third countries. These goods end up in Russia”, Von der Leyen said about one of the practices that the eleventh package of sanctions finalized by the Commission seeks to end.

One of the tools that it will include, announced its president, will allow the Commission to propose to the Member States the ban on the export of the products in question, to prevent Russia from being able to import them declaring as final destination third countries.

“There can be no doubt that we fight against the evasion of sanctions”, said Von der Leyen, who recalled that the EU has reduced its imports from Russia by two thirds and insisted that these economic measures are working.

On Monday, China He urged the EU to avoid taking the “wrong path”, otherwise it will take strong measures to safeguard its rights and interests. “China opposes actions that use China-Russia cooperation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions or far-reaching jurisdiction against China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a press briefing.

Some companies like King-Pai Technology have already been targeted by US sanctions, which has said it is a China-based supplier to multiple entities in Russia’s military-industrial complex.



Another of the mechanisms that will be introduced in the eleventh package will consist of the inclusion of goods such as “the advanced technology products and components for aircraft” on the list of European goods that cannot be exported to third countries if they first pass through Russia.

In this way, this type of goods that Moscow still needs to fuel its war machine “They will not end up in the hands of the Kremlin,” von der Leyen said.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky called for the new sanctions to exclude the Russian nuclear industry from the European market, which Kiev accuses of putting the whole of Europe at risk by using atomic energy as an instrument of political blackmail in favor of of the interests of the Kremlin.

Asked by a Ukrainian media about it, Von der Leyen said that the Commission “will continue to pressure member states” to give up doing business with the Russian atomic industry.


Von der Leyen and Zelensky also spoke of Ukraine’s compliance with the conditions demanded by Brussels for the start of the negotiations for kyiv’s membership in the EU.

The President of the Commission recalled that kyiv must make credible reforms in seven sections related to the independence of justice and the rule of law, the fight against corruption, the desegregation of the economy, the protection of press freedom and the rights of ethnic minorities.

“Ukraine is working tirelessly and intensively on these seven steps, despite the difficulties of making reforms in the middle of a war,” said Von der Leyen, who showed his “deep respect” for the work Kiev is doing in this sense and highlighted the “progress” you are seeing.

Von der Leyen explained that the final decision on the start of negotiations with Ukraine, which received the status of candidate country to join the EU last June, will be taken by the Member States on the basis of the evaluation that the Commission must present the next october.


The president of the Commission also spoke of the EU-approved plan to send one million artillery shells to Ukraine.

Von der Leyen recalled that part of this ammunition has already begun to arrive in Ukraine thanks to the one billion euros that the EU has offered to member states to send their reserves of projectiles to the Kiev government.

The other two legs of the project will be the joint acquisition of ammunition and the own production of shells to send them to Ukraine.

Zelensky appreciated the “availability” of the EU to send the ammunition “much needed” by the Ukrainian army.

Von der Leyen also expressed his satisfaction that the EU has been able to mobilize an economic aid package of 18,000 million euros by 2023, of which it has already delivered 6,000 million to Kiev and that “will contribute significantly to closing the hole budget of Ukraine”.

On the occasion of Europe Day, Von der Leyen stated that “Ukraine fights for the European ideals that we celebrate today.” “In Russia, Putin and his regime have destroyed those values ​​and now they are trying to destroy them here in Ukraine as well,” he added.

(With information from EFE)

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