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EU Imposes Imposes Travel Bans & Assets’ Freezing on Russian Wagner Group

The Council of the European Union today adopted restrictive measures against the Wagner Group, an unincorporated private military entity based in Russia.

According to a press release issued by the council, the newly imposed measures target the Wagner Group itself, and eight individuals and three entities associated with the group.

The same revealed that the Wagner Group had recruited, trained and dispatched military elements to various regions around the world to pillage natural resources, fuel violence and terrorize civilians in violation of human rights law.

In addition, persons listed by the European Union are implicated in serious human rights violations, including summary and arbitrary executions. They have also been involved in destabilizing activities in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and the Central African Republic.

Therefore, by imposing restrictive measures against the group and other entities involved, the commission aims to reduce the Wagner Group’s subversive activities, reports.

“The aim of today’s decision is to limit the disruptive activities of the Wagner Group. The Council’s statement indicates the EU’s strong determination to defend its interests and values ​​in its neighborhood and beyond, and to take concrete action against those who threaten international peace and security, and violate international law.

Furthermore, it was made clear that the restrictive measures imposed today are in line with four different sanctions regimes such as the European Union’s global human rights sanctions regime, sanctions regimes related to the situation in Libya and Syria, as well as measures that undermine territorial integrity. Ukraine.

Under the newly imposed rules, listed individuals and entities will now be subject to an EU asset freeze. Except for the asset freeze, all members of the group and associated entities will also be subject to a travel ban when trying to enter member states of the European Union.

The applicable rules also prohibit all EU citizens and other entities from providing funds and financial resources to those against whom the restrictive measures will now be applied.

In addition to imposing such restrictions, the council also discussed Russia’s military build-up on the border with Ukraine.

“The European Union stands united and steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Ministers were very clear today that any aggression against Ukraine would have political consequences and a heavy economic cost for Russia,” said the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.

The ministers also reviewed the situation in Belarus, discussed the Varosha issue and talked about the EU’s relations with Africa.

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