European Union foreign ministers have imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran. They discussed a possible 10th sanctions package against Russia. At the same time, he agreed to a new military spending of more than 540 million dollars for Ukraine.
EU and member state military spending on Kiev since the start of the war amounts to about $12 billion.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU oil embargo against Moscow was taking effect.
“Russia needs 70 percent to balance its budget — so they’re losing $40 a barrel. That’s a big blow to Russia’s financial stability,” Borrell said.
But the meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels did not make progress on one important issue. They have not officially received the green signal from Germany for EU member states to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, which Kyiv considers vital to the war effort.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock said that Germany will not oppose sending tanks to countries like Poland. But beyond that, there was no announcement.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said his country would send tanks to Kiev anyway.
The European Union is discussing another round of sanctions against Moscow. But Hungary’s leader has signaled opposition because of his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The alliance also agreed on a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its widespread crackdown on anti-government protests. 37 organizations and individuals, including members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, have been banned from traveling to the European Union and their assets have been frozen.
The United Kingdom and the United States have also agreed to impose new sanctions against Iran.