Today, the Council of the European Union adopted restrictive measures against the Wagner Group, which is 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, eight individuals as well as three entities that are connected to the group.
The same has revealed that the Wagner Group has recruited, trained and sent military operatives to different zones around the world to loot natural resources, fuel violence, and intimidate civilians in violation of human rights law.
In addition, the persons who have been listed by the EU are engaged in serious human rights abuses, including summary and arbitrary executions. They have also been involved in destabilising 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 decrease subversive activities of the Wagner Group, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The aim of today’s decision is to curtail the subversive activities of the Wagner Group. It signals the EU’s strong determination to stand up for its interests and values in its neighbourhood and beyond, and to take tangible action against those threatening international peace and security, and breaching international law,” the Council’s statement reads.
Moreover, it has been explained that the restrictive measures imposed today are in line with four different sanctions regimes such as the EU Global Human Right Sanctions Regime, sanctions regimes related to the situation in Libya and Syria, as well as for actions undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Under the newly imposed rules, the listed individuals and entities will now be subject to an asset freeze in the EU. Except for the asset freeze, all the group members and the entities connected to it will also be subject to a travel ban when attempting to enter the EU Member States.
The established rules also forbid all EU citizens and other entities from making funds and financial resources available for those against which restrictive measures now will apply.
In addition to imposing such restrictions, the Council has also discussed Russia’s military build-up at the border with Ukraine.
“The European Union stands united and firm in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Ministers were very clear today that any aggression against Ukraine, will come with political consequences and with a high economic cost for Russia,” High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said.
The ministers also reviewed the situation in Belarus, discussed the issue of Varosha as well as talked about the EU relations with Africa.
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