EU proposes sanctions on Russian coal, shipping
In the fifth wave of sanctions against Russia, the EU is now proposing sanctions to block Russian coal and shipping.
A new wave of sanctions has been proposed against Russia by the EU executive on Tuesday, which includes a ban on coal imports and blocks all Russian ships from entering European ports.
"Russia is waging a cruel, ruthless war, also against Ukraine’s civilian population. We need to sustain utmost pressure at this critical point," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a video address.
The proposal, which happens to be the bloc's fifth planned wave of sanctions against Russia, needs unanimous approval by the EU's 27 member states.
On the other hand, Brussels officials are considering banning Russian gas, coal, or oil supply, according to Dutch Finance Minister Sigrid Kaag on Monday in a joint briefing with her Spanish counterpart.
"Currently, Brussels is discussing and considering the issue of a ban on coal, oil, or gas. So far I can not say anything more. But this is a very important issue, this is a moral issue," Kaag said.
In the meantime, several countries have already opposed the ban on gas supplies from Russia, including Austria, Moldova, and Hungary.