New sanctions against Russia discussed by the European Union may affect high-ranking Russian officials, in particular, deputies and deputy ministers, Joinfo.ua reports.
According to the German news agency DPA, there will be discussed expansion of the sanctions list with five citizens of Russia and "14 Ukrainian separatists".
This decision was made in preparation for the meeting of the European Council on Foreign Affairs to be held on February 9.
German journalists point out that the EU sanctions list can include a number of Russian deputies and deputy ministers. If the relevant decision is made, these persons will not have the right to obtain a Schengen visa, and all their accounts in the EU will be frozen.
Yesterday it was reported that the United States developed measures to hit "big business" in Russia.
It should be noted that despite the financial problems due to sanctions, the Russians continue to trust the government, believing that it is leading people the right way. This becomes evident given the results of a recent study conducted in Russia.
Thus, most of the families in Russia (79%) felt the influence of the Western sanctions imposed against Russia, among them 34% are facing serious financial difficulties. At the same time, according to 69% of the respondents, despite the sanctions, Russia has 'proper' foreign policy.