EU closes airspace to Russia and will give arms to Ukraine for the first time

The move was described as a “critical moment for our Union” in a statement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

A Russian Aeroflot airline Airbus A320
A Russian Aeroflot airline Airbus A320

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union would close EU airspace to Russian planes, seek to ban Russian state media within the bloc and target Russia’s ally. is Belarus with sanctions, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.

Von der Leyen also said that for the first time the EU will finance the purchase and transfer of weapons and other equipment to Ukraine.

The move was described as a “turning point for our Union”.

“They will not be able to land, take off or fly over EU territory. Including the private jets of the tycoons,” said Von der Leyen.

It comes as Western leaders have imposed new sanctions on Russia to put pressure on Vladimir Putin as they call on him to end the war in Ukraine.

The UK, US, Canada and the European Union have announced that selected Russian banks will be removed from the Swift global payment system.

In a joint statement, the leaders of these countries vowed to crack down on so-called golden passports that allow wealthy Russians with ties to Putin’s government “to become citizens of other countries.” our family and have access to our financial system.”

They also decided to impose restrictions that would prevent the Central Bank of Russia from deploying its international reserves to support the ruble and fund the war effort.

Wealthy Russians have been warned that their assets will be frozen if they breach sanctions aimed at “isolate Russia further from the international financial system”.

Several Western countries have also pledged to send more weapons to Ukraine in the past 24 hours, but have refused to deploy any troops.

Russian forces have advanced to the outskirts of the capital Kyiv and the city is being hit by air strikes and artillery.

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