EU ambassadors agree on new sanctions against Russia

According to Sadoś, the new package incorporates a number of Polish proposals. Stephanie Lecocq/PAP/EPA

EU member states on Wednesday started working on the seventh package of sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, the Polish ambassador to the EU has said.

EU ambassadors agreed on a new ban on Russian gold and tight export controls for dual-use goods, including chemical, pharmaceutical and high-tech products.

"We've managed to scrap various derogations and add jewellery products to the ban on imports of Russian gold," Andrzej Sadoś said. "The package includes over 50 persons and entities and a range of high-tech products... as well as pharmaceutical and chemical products of the so-called dual-use."

According to Sadoś, the new package incorporates a number of Polish proposals.

"We removed various derogations concerning Russian sea transport ships in the implementation of renewable energy projects," Sadoś said.

Additionally, Poland's suggestions for sanctions against third countries that help Russia dodge the restrictions have also been accepted, the Polish ambassador said.

The new proposals have to be accepted by EU leaders at a European Council meeting, which could take place later this week.