ANKARA (AA) – The EU will work to “suspend Russia’s membership rights in the IMF and World Bank, the European Commission head has said.
“We will deny Russia the status of most-favored-nation in our markets. This will revoke important benefits that Russia enjoys as a WTO (World Trade Organization) member,” said Ursula von der Leyen.
Saying Russian companies will no longer have a privileged position in the EU, she vowed: “We will ensure that Russia cannot obtain financing, loans, or any other benefits from these institutions.”
She also said they are working so that the “Russian state and its elites cannot use crypto assets to circumvent the sanctions.”
The EU, she added, will ban the exports of any EU luxury goods from countries of the bloc to Russia, saying: “Those who sustain Putin’s war machine should no longer be able to enjoy their lavish lifestyle while bombs fall on innocent people in Ukraine.”
Imports of key iron and steel goods from Russia will also be prohibited, von der Leyen said, adding that the EU will propose a big ban on new European investments across Russia’s energy sector.
The EU on Friday disbursed €300 million ($327 million) in emergency macro-financial assistance to support Ukraine’s finances as part of the first tranche of a €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) financial aid package, she said.
At least 564 civilians have been killed and 957 others injured in Ukraine since the beginning of the war on Feb. 24, the UN has said, while also cautioning that conditions on the ground make it difficult to verify the true number.
Over 2.5 million people have fled to neighboring countries, with about 2 million more estimated to be displaced inside Ukraine, according to the UN refugee agency.