2024/02/12 16:41(Updated on February 12 at 5:17 p.m.)
(Central News Agency, Taipei, the 12th) Radio Free Europe reported on the 10th that the EU is preparing to impose sanctions on 21 military and technology companies from China, Kazakhstan, Serbia and other countries that have aided Russia in its war of aggression against Ukraine, four of which of them are from China.
On the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24th, the European Union is expected to announce the 13th round of Russia-related sanctions against six foreign entities, according to documents seen by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
According to reports, the four Chinese companies mentioned in the EU’s draft sanctions plan are registered in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and other places and are involved in trading, chips and other technology industries.
So far, the EU has sanctioned three Chinese companies in a series of past projects; in addition, due to the increase in the number of Chinese companies supplying Russia with non-lethal but military equipment, the EU continues to discuss this issue with Beijing.
Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, Russia’s imports of dual-use goods through Central Asian and Chinese companies have skyrocketed, including electronic products and components made by Western companies, such as microchips and drones, the report said.
During their visit to China late last year, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Union Council President Charles Michel warned Chinese President Xi Jinping to deal with what Brussels called 13 Chinese companies suspected of supplying goods to Russian companies.
Debate over new EU sanctions list to continue in Brussels as EU seeks to revive waning Western support and aid to Ukraine
The US political news network Politico reported on the 7th that the EU has asked governments of all countries to urgently stop illegal flows of goods to Russia to prevent and close sanctions loopholes; at the same time, the European Commission is evaluating the possibility of creating an EU agency to enforce sanctions.
An official familiar with the negotiations told Politico that the idea is gaining traction and that the issue could be on Vanderlein’s agenda if he is re-elected.
The idea of creating a European sanctions enforcement agency has been popular in the past, with around 10 countries, including Germany, France, Italy and Spain, supporting the creation of relevant units led by the Netherlands last year, it said.
In a European Commission document seen by Politico, the value of exports of banned goods from the EU to non-EU countries rose from €3 billion (about NZ$101.5 billion) before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to €5.6 billion in the middle of 2023. The document says that this growth offset Russia’s losses from the reduction in legal trade. (Editor: Zhou Huiying/Wu Baiwei) 1130212
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