The sanctions target directly the Wagner group, eight people and three companies associated with the group.The EU has published a decision on sanctions against PMC “Wagner” / illustration REUTERS
The European Union has officially introduced sanctions against the Russian private military campaign “Wagner” and its representatives.
This is stated in a message on the website of the EU Council .
In particular, the EU Council today approved a set of restrictive measures against the private military unit Wagner, which is based in Russia. The sanctions target directly the Wagner group, eight people and three companies associated with the group.
“The Wagner Group recruits, trains and sends private military personnel to conflict zones around the world to incite violence, plunder natural resources and intimidate civilians, which is a violation of international law, including international human rights law,” the statement reads. message.
In this regard, it is said that the persons against whom the sanctions are imposed are involved in serious violations of human rights, including torture and extrajudicial, unceremonious or arbitrary executions and killings, or are involved in destabilizing actions in some countries, including Libya, Syria. , Ukraine (in the Donbass) and the Central African Republic.
It is also said that the group also spreads harmful influence in other places, especially in the Sahel region, and poses a threat to people in countries where it is present, to other countries and to the European Union.
The purpose of the sanctions is to curb the subversive activities of the Wagner group.
Today’s sanctions have been agreed within the framework of four sanctions regimes: the EU’s global sanctions regime for human rights violations and sanctions regimes in connection with the situation in Libya and Syria, as well as for actions aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Restrictive measures include an asset freeze and a ban on entry to the EU. In the EU, everyone is prohibited from conducting financial affairs with sanctioned persons from the Wagner group, including providing direct or indirect financial resources.
According to the Official Journal of the EU , the sanctions were imposed against the founder and head of the Wagner group Dmitry Utkin, the deputy chairman of the Astrakhan branch of the Union of Donbass Volunteers, Denis Kharitonov, and a freelance employee of the Russian GRU and mercenary of the Wagner group, Sergei Shcherbakov. In addition to them, mercenary Stanislav Dychko, security advisor to the CAR president Valery Zakharov, commander of the first assault reconnaissance company of the Wagner group Alexander Kuznetsov, executive director of the Wagner group Andrei Troshev and the head of the fourth assault reconnaissance company of the Wagner group Andrei Bogatov were also sanctioned.
Also under the sanctions were companies: Velada, Mercury and Euro Policy.
We will remind, earlier today about the approval of the EU Council of sanctions against a group of members of the private military company “Wagner” and three energy companies associated with it, wrote the correspondent of “Radio Liberty” Rikard Jozvyak in his Twitter account .
As UNIAN reported earlier, on November 15, Vice-President of the European Commission, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Josep Borrell announced the possibility of imposing sanctions against the militants of the Russian private military campaign “Wagner”.
Then Borrell said that the actions of Russian mercenaries in African countries lead to a deterioration in the security situation and an increase in migration flows to the EU.
Mercenaries of PMC “Wagner” are fighting around the world on the side of hybrid Russian troops, in particular in Syria and eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian intelligence officers first spotted them in Donbass back in 2014. At the same time, the official Kremlin denies the existence of Wagner PMC.