Nation World News
Alina Kabaeva, a woman previously romantically linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been included in the sixth proposed package of EU sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, according to two European diplomatic sources.
An EU Commission source told Nation World News that names could be removed or added at this stage at the discretion of the member state.
The EU has not officially signed off on the draft resolution, but could do so as of Friday morning at a meeting of EU ambassadors – currently underway at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
“Discussions are going on. It’s not a piece of cake, but we’ll have to wait and see,” one of the diplomatic sources told Nation World News on Friday morning.
Kabaeva, who was born in 1983, first engaged to Putin more than a decade ago while she was a medal-winning gymnast. Putin has denied ties with him.
In April, the Wall Street Journal reported that US officials were debating whether or not to ban Kabaeva over concerns that the move could escalate tensions because it could be a highly personal blow to Putin. Is.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is among those involved in a proposed sixth round of EU sanctions, according to two sources who have seen the full document.
The European Union has been intensifying its economic action against Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine. More recently, the bloc has proposed imposing sanctions on Russian oil imports, something that would have a major impact on Russia’s economy, although Hungary, a European Union member state with close ties to Putin, could not do so. The plan is likely to be scrapped.