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Germany wants to close loopholes in Russia sanctions

Via Le Figaro with AFP

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German Economy Minister Robert Habeck. Poole/REUTERS

Germany has taken a series of measures aimed at closing loopholes in EU sanctions against Moscow, specifically preventing banned goods from entering Russia via third countries. Berlin will take the action as a key part of the 11th round of EU sanctions against Moscow, the Economy Ministry said on Thursday.

The EU’s 10th set of sanctions will be announced on Friday, the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to the plan drawn up in Berlin and consulted on by the AFP, companies will have to submit declaration forms detailing the end-use of future exports of essential goods to third countries.Russian war machine“.

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In some countries, the number of goods imported from Europe, such as trucks or vans, has remained stable over the years, but “It suddenly increased sharply with the onset of war“Economics Minister Robert Habeck underlined on Thursday on RTL and NTV channels. He hopes that the announcement of the final destination of these goods will help EU governments verify whether they are in the indicated countries or have been diverted.

As part of European harmonisation, we are working with our partners to ensure that willful breaches of the requirement to submit truthful end-use reports will in future be a criminal offense across Europe.“, according to a plan seen by AFP.

Berlin is pleading for companies or individuals to help Moscow target sanctions. “The foreign trade data available to us shows that a significant amount of EU-approved goods are exported from the EU, so some from Germany are exported to third countries and from there to Russia.“, condemns the ministry in its proposal.

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