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Newsline: EU top diplomat says sanctions prevent Moscow from making up military losses

European Union sanctions are severely hurting Moscow’s potential to sustain its weapons and military equipment in the war on Ukraine, the EU’s top diplomat said on Tuesday, arguing almost half of Russia’s technology depended on European imports. “If you look at the inside, the guts of a Russian tank destroyed on a Ukrainian street, you will see the tremendous amount of electronic components manufactured by European countries in those tanks,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told lawmakers at the bloc’s Parliament in Strasbourg. “Forty-five percent of Russia’s technology depends on European imports and this has been cut off,” he noted. Borrell said EU sanctions on Russia were already having “very serious consequences” for Moscow. “Two thirds of all civilian aircraft can no longer fly because their components come from Western countries and the blockade also makes it impossible for them to get the spare parts they need,” he noted. (https://news.yahoo.com/eu-sanctions-prevent-moscow-making-145817128.html) The EU has slapped several packages of massive sanctions on Moscow – targeting the financial sector as well as energy and the transport sector.

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