International sanctions

Bulgarian Finance Ministry Publishes Extensive List of US Sanctions’ Possible Targets

The Bulgarian Finance Ministry on Tuesday published a longlist of the persons who fall, or could potentially fall, within the scope of sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) with the US Department of the Treasury.

EU Reps Agree to Extend Economic Sanctions against Russia amid Economic Damage

Permanent representatives of the 27 member states of the European Union agreed on a six-month extension of economic sanctions against Russia, which expire on January 31, 2021, a source in the delegation of one of the European countries in the EU Council told TASS.

"Yes, the ambassadors have just agreed to extend the restrictive measures until July 31, 2021," the source said.

US sanctions counter-productive and would harm relations, Turkish official says

US sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems would backfire and hurt ties between the two NATO members, a senior Turkish official said on Thursday.

"Sanctions would not achieve a result but be counter-productive. They would harm relations," the official said after four sources said Washington was poised to impose sanctions.

Borrell calls for strengthening of Operation Irini

EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell on Tuesday called for the strengthening of Operation Irini, the bloc's naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at enforcing the UN arms embargo on Libya.
"Operation Irini has hailed ships, since it was launched, on more than 130 occasions," Borrell said after a videoconference of EU defense ministers.