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International pressure forces Ukraine to close the list of “war sponsors”.

International pressure forces Ukraine to close the list of “war sponsors”.

Kiev admitted that the blacklist had a “negative impact” on its fight against Russia

Ukraine decided to leave its list “international sponsors of war” after complaints from abroad.

Ukraine’s National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption operates a website that lists companies that continue to do business in Russia or “indirectly aid or contribute to Russia’s war effort.” The list includes major corporations such as PepsiCo, P&G, Yves Rocher, Unilever, Metro, Nestle, Auchan and Xiaomi.

The project was part of Kyiv’s multi-pronged strategy to pressure companies to cut ties with Moscow in response to the ongoing armed conflict between the neighbors.

However, the Ukrainian government announced on Tuesday that those who want to view the list will be redirected to the more neutrally named State Sanctions Register managed by Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council. The decision came after a meeting attended by diplomats from more than 10 countries, including the US, China, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as representatives from the EU.

According to a statement on the government’s website, many of Ukraine’s partners have expressed concerns “Lack of legal basis for the existence of the list of ‘international sponsors of war’.” Kyiv had to consider “the negative impact of this list on taking important decisions to stop Russian aggression,” statement read.

China sends Ukraine request for list of war sponsors - Reuters

Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice eventually agreed that it did “Unacceptable to spread such information on behalf of the state without resolving the legal issues.”

Austria has previously refused to support the 12th round of EU sanctions against Russia, demanding that Kyiv blacklist Vienna-based Raiffeisen Bank International. Ukraine eventually agreed, paving the way for Austria to give the green light to sanctions in December 2023.

Last month, Beijing asked Kyiv to remove its companies from the list as well. “China firmly opposes the inclusion of Chinese enterprises in the relevant list and demands that Ukraine immediately correct its mistakes and eliminate the negative effects,” A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry told Reuters.

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