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EU may impose sanctions against Russian and Chinese structures for cyber attacks

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The European Union may impose sanctions on Russian and Chinese organizations, as well as on several individuals in connection with cyber attacks, Bloomberg reports citing unnamed sources.

Five diplomats familiar with the situation told the agency that negotiations on the proposed measures would begin later this week. The process, which begins with a discussion between cybersecurity experts, can take about two months, one of the diplomats said.

In relation to which persons sanctions may be imposed and in connection with which incidents, it is not specified.

This step may be the first case of the application of the so-called EU cyber sanctions regime – a set of measures that include travel bans and asset freezes.

The imposition of sanctions will require the consent of all 27 EU members, which complicates the adoption of foreign policy decisions.

Many states in the EU do not want to jeopardize relations with China, the block’s second largest trading partner and major investor in some countries. Some members of the European Union are striving for a gradual normalization of relations with Russia, on which the EU’s energy supply largely depends.

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