The European Union's top diplomat said all options are on the table as the E.U. considers another round of sanctions against Russia.
According to the Global Banking & Finance Review, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said "A fourth round of sanctions could affect more Russian banks’ access to the SWIFT international transfer system, bar Russian ships from European ports and cut imports from Russia."
On Friday, Switzerland announced it had adopted the E.U.'s latest sanctions on Russia, including banning transactions with the Russian Central Bank and adopting the EU’s SWIFT measures. Switzerland also announced it was banning the export of goods that "Could contribute to Russia’s military and technological enhancement or the development of the defense and security sector."
Meanwhile, Britain sanctioned two Russians Thursday - industrialist Alisher Usmanov and former deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov, current chair of Russian bank VEB.
The moves were announced after increased criticism that the U.K. had not imposed more stringent sanctions against Russian individuals. According to the International Business Times, “Britain has so far sanctioned fewer people than the European Union, which on Monday imposed sanctions on 26 prominent figures, including oligarchs and people active in the oil, banking and finance sectors.”
The United States also announced new blocking sanctions aimed at eight Russians with close ties to Russia President Putin. And the U.S. announced visa restrictions on 19 Russian oligarchs and family members.
Late Thursday night, the State Department said it would target 21 Russian companies that "operate or have operated in the defense and related materiel sector of the Russian Federation economy."
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