EU to ban Russian toilet paper

Shaving products, soap, dental floss and deodorant are also on the proposed import ban list

Seeking to deprive Moscow of trade revenue because of the conflict in Ukraine, the EU has proposed banning the import of Russian-made hygiene products, from soap and shaving kit to toilet paper and deodorant. The eighth wave of anti-Russian sanctions, unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday, would also ban the import of several steel products and attempt to impose a cap on Russian oil prices.

« We do not accept sham referendums and any form of annexation in Ukraine, and we are determined to make the Kremlin pay for this new escalation, » he added. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in Brussels. According to her, the proposed sanctions package should deprive Russia of « An additional 7 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in revenue. »

The program forces EU residents to do without Russian-made products « beauty or makeup » products, shaving supplies, « personal deodorants » dental floss, soap and toilet paper, according to Politico.

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Von der Leyen’s announcement comes just days after one of Germany’s pioneering toilet paper makers, Hakle, filed for bankruptcy, citing soaring energy and commodity prices.

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Hakle and other German companies had called on the federal government to cap the price of energy as a way to stay solvent – but that was before a series of explosions on Monday damaged both Nord Stream pipelines and cut power. Germany from Russian natural gas, maybe definitely. Meanwhile, government officials have asked Germans to shower less and use washcloths, to save on hot water.

Commenting on the proposed sanctions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that between sanitizing products and water saving, « one involuntarily remembers the famous letter of 200 years ago », in which the French Emperor Napoleon is said to have said to his wife Josephine, « Do not wash. »

The EU also intends to sanction the philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, whose daughter Darya was murdered last month in a car bomb attack in Moscow. Russia has identified two suspects in the terror attack, both of Ukrainian nationality.


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