clarifies stance on sanctions in opposition to late PMC Wagner chief

40 clarifies stance on sanctions in opposition to late PMC Wagner chief

The European Fee is reportedly nonetheless ready for “dependable affirmation” that Evgeny Prigozhin is lifeless

The EU is monitoring the state of affairs following the dying of Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, and has but to decide whether or not to raise the sanctions in opposition to him, Russian media have reported, citing the European Fee.

The Day by day Storm information outlet stated it had obtained a press release from the press service of the EU’s government department, saying it had but to see “dependable affirmation” of Prigozhin’s dying.

“The selections of the [European] Council are taken unanimously, whereas discussions amongst member states are confidential,” the remarks, quoted in Russian, stated.

Prigozhin was killed together with a few of his shut associates and the crew of his personal jet, when the plane crashed in Russia final Wednesday. The Investigative Committee confirmed the identities of all of the victims on Sunday, after DNA assessments have been carried out. His funeral is going down on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

The controversial tycoon and his enterprises had been hit by a number of rounds of Western sanctions. The US first focused Prigozhin in 2016 for alleged election meddling, and the EU did the identical in 2020, citing his function as the top of the personal army firm Wagner Group, which on the time stood accused of supplying weapons to Libya, in violation of a UN embargo.

His members of the family additionally ended up within the crosshairs after the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine battle final yr. In March, his aged mom Violetta Prigozhina secured a ruling from the EU’s second-highest court docket to overturn private sanctions in opposition to her, after the court docket stated the restrictions have been “based mostly solely on their household relationship.”

Brussels has sanctioned family members of quite a few Russian businessmen underneath the premise that the precise targets might try to protect their property by transferring possession.

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