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Russian President Putin. Source: The Russian Kremlin

Brussels, 1 August 2022

Infographic – EU sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Since Russia’s recognition of the non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in Ukraine on 21 February 2022 and the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the EU has imposed a series of new sanctions against Russia.

They add to existing measures imposed on Russia since 2014 following the annexation of Crimea and the non-implementation of the Minsk agreements.

On this page you can find answers to the following questions:

  • what sanctions has the EU adopted so far, who is being sanctioned and what individual sanctions mean in practice?
  • what do the restrictive measures against Russian banks and the National Central Bank of Russia mean in practice?
  • what are the sanctions on aviation, road and maritime transport?
  • how is the EU’s trade with Russia being affected by the EU measures and what kind of import and export restrictions are in force?
  • are EU sanctions compliant with international law and are they coordinated with other partners?


What sanctions has the EU adopted so far?

Since February, the EU has imposed a number of packages of sanctions against Russia, including targeted restrictive measures (individual sanctions), economic sanctions and diplomatic measures.

The EU has also adopted sanctions against Belarus in response to its involvement in the invasion of Ukraine.

The aim of the economic sanctions is to impose severe consequences on Russia for its actions and to effectively thwart Russian abilities to continue the aggression.

The individual sanctions target people responsible for supporting, financing or implementing actions which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine or who benefit from these actions.