EU to Not Extend Sanctions against Three Russian Businessmen
Tuesday, 12 September 2023
The European Union will not extend sanctions against three men on the list of persons sanctioned due to Russia's war against Ukraine.
AsReuters reports, with reference to two diplomatic sources, the current restrictive measures are set to expire this week. The Russians against whom sanctions may not be extended are Grigory Berezkin, a businessman close to Putin, billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov, and Alexander Shulgin, the former head of Ozon, a Russian e-commerce company.
The EU renews its sanctions every six months, with the current batch expiring on 15 September. To renew sanctions, all 27 EU member states need to unanimously agree to do so.
Last week, the EU courtdismissed the complaintfiled by Russian oligarch Dmitry Pumpyansky and his wife Galina Pumpyanskaya against the EU sanctions applied to them. In addition, several other Russians were denied the lifting of sanctions.