The European Union announced the eleventh package of sanctions against russia due to its aggressive invasion of Ukraine. This time, it is trying to fight key Moscow IT providers and organizations created to circumvent export bans. This is reported by The Register.
The IT companies that Europe wants to harm cooperate with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and/or Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. They also hold clearances that make them privy to state secrets or permitted to work on weapons and other military equipment. A new criterion for existing sanctions means those companies can be cut off from the global financial system and otherwise made persona non grata for commercial and public entities with ties to the EU.
The IT companies were added to the European sanctions list after the Council of Europe assessed that information warfare is one of the key means by which russia carries out its aggressive war against Ukraine and commits gross violations of international law and the principles of the UN Charter.
The eleventh round of sanctions also seeks to stop the supply of technology to russia.
We will remind that the US authorities plan to block the “bypass routes” through which sanctioned technologies reach russia through third countries. According to estimates, contraband equipment in the amount of more than $2 billion reached the aggressor country.