The russian cargo “Baltic Chief” is seen on February 26, 2022 within the business harbor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.

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LONDON — France on Saturday intercepted a Russian vessel within the English Channel according to new EU sanctions in opposition to Moscow.

The cargo ship was transporting automobiles and left Rouen sure for St. Petersburg. Nevertheless, French sea police redirected the vessel to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France.

It’s “suspected of belonging to a Russian firm that’s at present on a sanctions record by the EU,” the press workplace of the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel confirmed to NBC Information. 

Experiences say that the 127 meter-long vessel is known as the “Baltic Chief” and the crew had been cooperating with the authorities.

The Russian RIA information company mentioned that the Russian embassy in France had instantly contacted the French authorities for clarification.

The Maritime Prefecture of the Channel defined that “each night time sea police perform patrols on the waters searching for migrants crossing the Channel. They got here throughout the Russian boat, an inspection aboard was made and the boat ordered to return to the French port.”

French customs brokers are at present aboard the boat finishing up an investigation to see if it has violated the sanctions, based on NBC Information.

The USA and its European allies have determined to sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin straight because of the Russia invasion of Ukraine this week. The EU additionally has a wider record of Russian people which might be topic to penalties.

‘Weaken Russia’s financial base’

On Thursday, EU leaders backed one other batch of sanctions that look to focus on strategic sectors of the Russian financial system, by blocking entry to key applied sciences and markets.

They may even look to “weaken Russia’s financial base and its capability to modernize” and “freeze Russian belongings within the EU and cease the entry of Russian banks to the European monetary market,” European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned.

“What we face is an unprecedented act of aggression by the Russian management in opposition to a sovereign, impartial nation,” von der Leyen mentioned Thursday.

“Russia’s goal isn’t just Donbass, the goal isn’t just Ukraine, the goal is stability in Europe and the entire worldwide rules-based order. For that, we are going to maintain Russia accountable.”

In the meantime in Kyiv on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the capital had managed to repel Russian assaults in a single day and his military was nonetheless in management.

Road combating befell in Kyiv with Russian forces closing in on the town. Ukraine blew up bridges main into Kyiv in an effort to forestall Russian troops from infiltrating the capital.

—CNBC’s Silvia Amaro contributed to this text.