Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has threatened Western states that sanctions could, under certain circumstances, be seen as an act of aggression and a justification for war.
“I would like to reiterate that such hostile action may, under certain circumstances, also be construed as an act of international aggression. And even as a casus belli,” said Medvedev (56) on Monday in Moscow. Russia has the right to defend itself.
Kremlin President Vladimir Putin (69) also criticized the Western sanctions because of the war of aggression against Ukraine. “The dominance of one country or group of countries on the world stage is not only counterproductive but also dangerous and inevitably leads to major systemic risks,” he said in a video appearance at a forum in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
In response to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the US and the EU imposed extensive sanctions on Russia. The expropriation of Russian oligarchs trying to circumvent EU punitive actions is drawing ever closer.
The permanent representatives of the EU states in Brussels agreed to the proposal to define such attempts as a criminal offense throughout the EU, reports the “Welt”. This would make it possible to prosecute violations in all EU countries equally and to set minimum penalties.
The EU Commission under Ursula von der Leyen only proposed expanding the list of EU crimes at the end of May because, in their opinion, sanctioned oligarchs still manage to get away too often. For example, they bring their yachts into international waters or transfer assets to other owners. This is also due to the fact that circumventing sanctions is not punishable in all EU countries. According to EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, it is basically a criminal offense in twelve countries.