EU sanctions Putin’s chef over his relationship with Wagner Group in Libya

The European Union imposed Thursday sanctions on the Russian businessman “Yevgeny Prigozhin”, known as “Putin’s chef” for his close relationship with the Russian “Wagner” group, and his involvement in acts threatening peace, security and stability in Libya, including violations of the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.

The sanctions imposed on Prigozhin, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, include travel bans and asset freeze, as the EU said that people and entities in the European Union are prohibited from doing business with Prigozhin.

The European Union also announced a travel ban on 16 listed individuals and an asset freeze on 20 individuals and 19 entities.

The statement indicated that the European Union remains deeply concerned about the situation in Libya, especially regarding actions that threaten peace, security or stability in the country, including violations of the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations, human rights violations, as well as the attempt to export oil illicitly.

The EU considered that these sanctions reinforce the sanctions adopted by the United Nations, which target violators of the arms embargo and human rights.

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