Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, said on Wednesday that the European Union would impose new sanctions on Russia, probably on gas and oil. "At this critical time in the war, we need to increase pressure on Putin again," von der Leyen was quoted as saying in the European Parliament.
Recent oil and gas sanctions imposed on Russia, in light of its human rights violations in Ukraine, have revealed major problems in the EU’s energy security. As the EU now scrambles for new sources, questions about the human rights track record of alternative energy providers are raised. How can the EU ensure that its new energy supplies and an energy policy that are committed to the protection of human rights internationally?
BRUSSELS: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday that there is a “total determination” from all 27 European Union countries for sanctions against Russia that could target oil and coal over evidence its troops deliberately killed Ukrainian civilians.
Civil Guards stand by the yacht called Tango in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Monday April 4, 2022. U.S. federal agents and Spain's Civil Guard are searching the yacht owned by a Russian oligarch. The yacht is among the assets linked to Viktor Vekselberg, a billionaire and close ally with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, who heads the Moscow-based Renova Group, a conglomerate encompassing metals, mining, tech and other assets, according to U.S. Treasury Department documents.
Europe’s technology leaders are fleeing Russia as sanctions and public criticism make working inside the country difficult, if not impossible. But one company is flooding the vacuum left behind: China’s technology giant Huawei. Huawei has posted dozens of jobs in recent weeks for engineers at its four Russian research centers, and for business development personnel in Moscow, according to the Financial Times.