Seeking to deprive Moscow of commercial revenue due to the conflict in Ukraine, the European Union has proposed banning the import of Russian-made hygiene products, including toilet paper.
The eighth package of sections against Russia, unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday, would also ban the import of several steel products and try to impose a price cap on Russian oil.
“We do not accept the sham referenda nor any kind of annexation in Ukraine and we are determined to make the Kremlin pay for this further escalation,” announced European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels.
She said the proposed sanctions package would deprive Russia of “another 7 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in revenue.” “Our sanctions have hit Putin’s system hard. They have made it more difficult for him to sustain the war. And we are increasing our efforts here,” she added.
Among other things, the scheme requires EU residents to make do with toilet paper and personal care products made in Russia, according to news portal Politico.
The new package comes after the Kremlin’s announcement on partial mobilization, annexation referendums in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine and threats to the use of nuclear weapons.