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The European Union will discuss tougher sanctions against Russia on Monday. The bloc’s foreign ministers are considering banning gold purchases from Russia, which would align with sanctions already imposed by G7 partners. Follow FRANCE 24 for live updates. All times are in Paris time (GMT+2).
6:28 a.m .: EU plans to toughen sanctions on Russia
The European Union will discuss tougher sanctions against Russia on Monday.
As the war in Ukraine continues and increasingly turns into global energy and food crises, EU foreign ministers are considering banning gold purchases from Russia, which would align with the sanctions already imposed by the G7 partners.
Other Russian personalities could also be blacklisted by the EU.
“Moscow must continue to pay a heavy price for its aggression,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said after passing on the proposed measures.
Brussels is expected to hold initial sanctions talks on Monday, but not make a decision the same day, according to a senior EU official.
4:22: Zelensky says he raised Ukraine’s position on Russian gas turbine with Trudeau
President Volodymyr Zelensky said he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday that the Ukrainians would never accept Canada’s decision to return a gas turbine intended for a Russian pipeline because it would encourage more sanctions violations.
Zelensky said in his nightly video address that he had spoken to Trudeau earlier and thanked him for his support. “However, I have separately stressed that the Ukrainians will never accept Canada’s decision regarding the Nord Stream turbine,” he said. Handing it over to Germany violated sanctions, he added.
Trudeau said on Wednesday it was a “very difficult decision” to grant an exemption from sanctions imposed on Russia for the return of the repaired turbine, needed for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.
But Zelensky, echoing earlier remarks by other Ukrainian officials, said Russia was engaging in gas blackmail. “If there’s a breach now, it’s only a matter of time before there are more,” he said.
12:32 a.m.: Russian journalist who protested Ukraine war on TV arrested
Russian police on Sunday arrested journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who interrupted a live television broadcast in March to denounce military action in Ukraine, her lawyer said.
No official statement has been made, but her detention comes days after Ovsyannikova, 44, protested alone near the Kremlin holding a sign criticizing Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin.
“Marina has been arrested,” her entourage said in a message posted on the journalist’s Telegram account. “There is no information on her whereabouts.”
The post included three photos of her being driven by two police officers towards a white van, after she was apparently arrested while riding her bicycle.
12:32 a.m.: Zelensky sacks Ukraine’s top prosecutor, security chief
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sacked his chief prosecutor and the head of the country’s security agency in the biggest government reshuffle since the Russian invasion began nearly five months ago.
Zelensky said he was firing Attorney General Iryna Venediktova and security chief Ivan Bakanov amid a high number of cases of alleged treason by Ukrainian law enforcement officials.
“Today I have taken the decision to relieve the Prosecutor General and the head of the security services of Ukraine from their duties,” Zelensky said in his daily address to the nation.
Zelensky said more than 650 cases of alleged treason and aiding and abetting Russia by Ukrainian security officials were currently under investigation, including 60 cases of officials who remained in the territories. occupied by Russia and working against Ukraine.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)