“They’ll Say Goodbye”
EU and G7 announced new sanctions against Russia
The West reacts to the partial Russian mobilization and the new threat of nuclear weapons: the EU and the G7 promise new sanctions. Exactly what this should look like remains largely unclear – but EU foreign policy chief Borrell is putting forward initial proposals.
After Russia’s partial mobilization and threats to use nuclear weapons, the European Union and the G7 states announced further sanctions against Moscow. “We will examine new restrictive measures, we will approve them,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after a special meeting of EU foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Other sanctions were also announced by the foreign ministers of the G7 countries. Borrell indicated that the new sanctions would target both individuals and specific industries. The final decision will be made at a formal meeting, he added.
Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin on Wednesday morning ordered the partial mobilization of Russians of military age. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 reservists are to reinforce Russian and separatist forces in southern and eastern Ukraine.
Putin also indirectly threatened to use nuclear monkeys. Russia will use all “available means” to protect its territory, he said in a televised address to the nation. “Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tide can turn in their direction as well.”
More aid for Ukraine
The statements of the Russian president were sharply condemned by Western countries. In a joint statement, G7 foreign ministers and EU foreign policy chief Borrell called on Russia to “immediately end its aggression, withdraw its troops and military equipment from Ukraine and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty”.
The G7 would also “focus on further targeted sanctions”, according to a statement released by the federal Foreign Office after the foreign ministers’ meeting with Borrell in New York. As Germany currently chairs the G7, the meeting was chaired by Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens). Borrell and Baerbock will attend a UN Security Council meeting on the war in Ukraine on Thursday.
In addition to sanctions against Russia, Western government officials announced further support for Ukraine in New York. New British Prime Minister Liz Truss said in her first speech to the UN General Assembly that the partial mobilization only showed the “catastrophic failure” of the Russian invasion. She promised to provide Kiev with military support “as long as necessary”: “We will not rest until Ukraine wins.”