Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/578 of 8 April 2022

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/578 of 8 April 2022 amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine

In view of the gravity of the situation, and in response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, it is appropriate to introduce further restrictive measures. In particular, it is appropriate to extend the prohibition on deposits to crypto-wallets, as well as to extend the prohibitions on the export of euro-denominated banknotes and on the sale of euro-denominated transferrable securities to all official currencies of the Member States. It is also appropriate to prohibit the award and continued execution of public contracts and concessions with Russian nationals and entities or bodies established in Russia. Furthermore, it is appropriate to prohibit the provision of support, including financing and financial assistance or any other benefit from a Union, Euratom or Member State programme to Russian publicly owned or controlled entities. It is also appropriate to introduce a prohibition on being a beneficiary, acting as trustee or in similar capacities for Russian persons and entities, as well as a prohibition on providing certain services to trusts. Moreover, it is appropriate to prohibit access to ports in the territory of the Union to vessels registered under the flag of Russia. It is also appropriate to restrict exports of jet fuel and other goods to Russia, as well as to introduce additional import restrictions on certain goods exported by or originating from Russia, including coal and other solid fossil fuels. Finally, it should also be prohibited to any road transport undertaking established in Russia to transport goods by road within the territory of the Union, including in transit. It is also appropriate to extend the exemption from the prohibition to engage in transactions with certain State-owned entities to Switzerland, the European Economic Area and the Western Balkans. The Union expects the swift and full alignment of all countries in the region with EU restrictive measures, including those concerning Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine. Moreover, it is also appropriate to amend or introduce certain derogations in relation to the restrictions on dual-use goods and technologies, goods and technologies which might contribute to Russia’s military and technological enhancement or the development of its defence and security sector, goods and technology suited for use in aviation or the space industry, jet fuel and fuel additives, and luxury goods. Further action by the Union is needed in order to implement certain measures. Decision 2014/512/CFSP should therefore be amended accordingly.

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