The EU’s anti-Russia sanctions package 11 may include seven Chinese companies. The European Commission accuses the companies of supplying Russia with equipment that can be used in the military-industrial sphere.

The EU could for the first time impose sanctions on Chinese companies for ties with Russia

According to the Financial Times, the seven companies are engaged in the production of semiconductors and other electronic products. The sanctions list includes 3HC Semiconductors and King-Pai Technology, as well as Sinno Electronics, Sigma Technology, Asia Pacific Links, Tordan Industry and Hong Kong’s Alpha Trading Investments.

According to the newspaper, the EU has so far avoided imposing sanctions on China due to a lack of evidence, but now the European Commission accuses Chinese companies of trying to circumvent export controls on the supply of American products. Some of the companies on the list are already under US sanctions.

If the initiative of the European Commission is supported by all EU member states, this will be the first case of restrictions against Chinese companies by Europe in anti-Russian sanctions.

In addition to companies from China, package 11 may include two companies from the United Arab Emirates and one from Armenia. Also, companies from Iran may be on the list.

According to the FT, the ambassadors of the EU countries intend to discuss the 11th package of sanctions on May 10.

China believes that the listing of Chinese companies on the EU sanctions list “seriously undermines mutual trust and cooperation” between the parties.

“The European side must not make a mistake, otherwise Beijing will be forced to resolutely defend its rationally justified legitimate rights,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was quoted as saying by TASS.

“The cooperation between China and Russia is not directed against any third party, and it is unacceptable for us that someone meddles in it and resorts to threats,” the diplomat added.

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Ahmed Sadulayev

Source: RB

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