euA new package of sanctions against Russia has been adopted by the EU. Previous reports said the “further restrictive measures” were aimed at targeting three major oil companies, as well as the defense sector. According to a Monday statement by the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the new package was adopted through written procedure, “deepening the targeted measures of 31 July.” “The sanctions aim at promoting a change of course in Russia’s actions destabilizing eastern Ukraine,” the statement reads. Although it was previously reported that the new sanctions could come into force by Tuesday, the final EU decision did not specify the date when they will be applied, only saying it “will take place in the next few days,” leaving time “for an assessment of the implementation of the cease-fire agreement [in Ukraine].” “Depending on the situation on the ground, the EU stands ready to review the agreed sanctions in whole or in part,” Van Rompuy’s statement reads. More