BRUSSELS, October 2 – Novosti. After the approval of a new package of European sanctions against Russia, the permanent representatives of the EU member states can immediately announce the next one due to the entry of new territories into the Russian Federation, a source in the EU told Novosti.
On Friday, the media reported that the EU countries had reached an initial agreement on a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation, the final decision is expected next week.
“Discussions also continue on the next, ninth, package of sanctions against Russia, as the referendums held by Russia have accelerated negotiations. I expect that the official approval of the eighth package of sanctions may immediately be followed by the announcement of the ninth package of sanctions,” the source said.
In addition, an EU source confirmed the initial agreement reached on Friday.
On September 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in the Kremlin following the results of referendums in the DPR , LPR , Kherson and Zaporozhye regions , after which he signed agreements with their heads on the admission of regions into Russia.
The West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine , which led to higher prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States . Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously stated that the policy of containment and weakening of Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that Russia will solve all the problems that the West creates for it.
Putin, commenting on the idea of the West to limit prices for Russian energy resources, said that Russia would not supply anything abroad if it would be contrary to its own interests.