European Commission could soften sanctions on Russian coal

European Commission could soften sanctions on Russian coal

The European Commission (ЕC) is considering allowing the transfer of certain Russian goods, including coal and related products, in order to ensure food and energy security around the world, Bloomberg reports citing sources.

Nonetheless, Poland and the Baltic states have reportedly opposed new guidance, that they fear weakens sanctions and could allow countries to transport key Russian commodities globally.

The nations had asked the commission to withhold publication of the document until the matter was addressed. At the same time, the EC intends to seek the adoption of the document.

EC Spokesman Daniel Ferrie said exemptions apply to Russian agri-food items including chemicals used for fertilizers, energy commodities and specific essential goods.

"The EU is fully committed to avoiding that its sanctions unduly impact trade in critical items to third countries around the globe," Ferrie added.

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