The EU is looking to impose restrictions on Russia’s drone sector as part of a new package of sanctions the bloc aims to approve for next week. The EU is also considering restrictions on other technologies and components used by Moscow for military purposes. The new package, which would be the EU's ninth since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, would also add about 180 individuals and entities to the bloc's sanctions list, one of the people said.
According to people familiar with the matter, the European Union is considering imposing restrictions on Russia’s drone sector as part of a new package of sanctions that the bloc hopes to approve next week.
According to the sources, the EU is also considering restrictions on other technologies and components used by Moscow for military purposes, as well as additional measures targeting services, investments, and Russia’s media and financial sectors.
European Union Price Cap
According to one of the sources, the latest package, which would be the EU’s eighth since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, will also add roughly 180 persons and businesses to the bloc’s sanctions list.
As part of their demands to support a price restriction on Russian oil, Poland and the Baltic nations pressed the EU to enhance the suite of measures. The quota and a restriction on seaborne Russian crude oil imports into the EU went into effect on Monday.
The fresh sanctions package is scheduled to be formally offered and reviewed this week, with the objective of having the measures approved before EU leaders gather in Brussels next week, according to the individuals. To be implemented, EU penalties must have the consent of all member states, and the measures may alter before that happens.
In recent weeks, Moscow has used drones to assault Ukraine’s energy and civilian facilities, including unmanned aerial vehicles obtained from Iran. According to many accounts, both Russian and Iranian drones employ US and European components. The Kremlin and Iran have both denied using Iranian drones in Ukraine.
Russia begins mass manufacture of tiny civilian drones that are’significantly cheaper.’ Russia’s state-owned defence contractor Almaz-Antey Concern has begun mass-producing small civilian aircraft in an apparent effort to reduce reliance on Chinese drones.
Drones are mostly manufactured and sold in the United States and Israel. The MQ-9 Reaper, built by General Atomics, is America’s primary combat drone, and the Air Force has deployed it to assist missions all over the world for over a decade.
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