EU leaders agree to impose more sanctions on Russia

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a joint news conference with European Council President Charles Michel ahead of the G7 summit, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, June 10, 2021. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen will attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, southwest England. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a joint news conference with European Council President Charles Michel ahead of the G7 summit, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

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UPDATED 10:12 AM PT – Friday, February 25, 2022

European Union leaders agreed to impose new sanctions on Russia. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said they stand united in condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

The Bloc’s leaders met Thursday night and agreed on a package of targeted sanctions. Von der Leyen said the sanctions will have the maximum impact on Russia’s economy and its political elite.

“We are now targeting 70 percent of the Russian banking market, but also key state-owned companies including the field of defense,” she announced. “These sanctions will increase Russia’s borrowing costs, raise inflation and gradually erode Russia’s industrial base.”

Von der Leyen also said the EU will also curb exports to Russia to stop materials it needs for its oil refineries. She added, the move would hurt Moscow’s oil sector and eventually deplete its oil refining revenue.

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