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London announces new sanctions against Moscow targeting diamonds in particular

London announces new sanctions against Moscow targeting diamonds in particular

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The United Kingdom on Friday announced new sanctions against the Russian mining sector, targeting imports of aluminium, diamonds, copper and nickel, in a bid to restrict Moscow's ability to finance his war in Ukraine. 

“As the sanctions announced today show, the G7 remains united in the face of the threat from Russia and firm in its support for Ukraine,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on the sidelines of the major leaders' summit. industrialized, which opens Friday in Hiroshima (western Japan).

Russia exported diamonds for an estimated amount of 4 to 5 billion dollars in 2021.

G7 heads of state and government are expected to discuss a series of new sanctions against Russia, including US moves to place 70 additional Russian and foreign entities on a US trade blacklist .

Leaders, meeting in Hiroshima until Sunday, should also strive to strengthen existing sanctions and fight against their circumvention, to restrict Moscow's access to the international financial system and to s to freeze Russian assets until end of war in Ukraine.

A European Union official on Thursday said G7 leaders would discuss diamond sanctions , stating: “We believe that Russian exports in this sector should be limited”.

The United Arab Emirates, India and Belgium, which is a member of the EU, are among the main diamond importers. The United States is also an important market for finished goods.

“As the sanctions announced today show, the G7 remains united in the face of the threat from Russia and firm in its support for the Ukraine,” Sunak said.

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