Australia bans luxury exports to Russia

The Federal Government has today banned the export of Australian luxury goods, such as wine, racehorses and perfume, to Russia in a further wave of sanctions over the Ukraine invasion.

Other banned items include leather goods like handbags, furs, rugs, carpets, lobster, truffles, perfume, jewellery, make-up products and luxury clothing worth more than $500 an item.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the sanctions aimed to target Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wealthy supporters.
Australia has announced an export ban on luxury products to Russia. (AP)

She said Australia was taking part in co-ordinated action with other western nations.

“They are being undertaken in coordination with key partners to restrict the Russian elite’s access to such goods,” Ms Payne said.

“This ban follows our targeted financial sanctions on President Putin, members of his government, Russian oligarchs, propagandists and disinformation operatives, as well as senior Russian military leaders.”

“They are being undertaken in coordination with key partners to restrict the Russian elite’s access to such goods. The European Union and the United States already have bans in effect. Japan’s ban will enter into force today, and the United Kingdom’s ban is due to follow soon.”

Crustaceans including lobsters are among the banned Australian luxury items. (Getty)

Meanwhile, European officials have signalled that they could sanction Russia’s energy exports after images emerged of mass killings of civilians in Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital.

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s top diplomat, said in a statement that the bloc was working as a “matter of urgency” on drawing up new sanctions against Russia.

French President Macron said that he would support a total ban on Russian coal and oil exports to the European Union as soon as this week.

Europe has imposed punishing economic sanctions on Russia since Mr Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February. But oil and natural gas exports have so far been spared by the bloc — partly because of differences between member states that are heavily reliant on Russian energy and those wanting to move faster to strike at the heart of the Russian economy.

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