Ilina Kabaeva, Putin’s alleged girlfriend, among those proposed to be sanctioned by the EU

The former Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who was allegedly linked to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has been included in the new package of sanctions to be approved by the European Union (EU) against the Kremlin for the invasion of Ukraine, CNN reported Friday.

The network, citing European diplomatic sources, assured that Kabaeva’s name will appear on the list of those affected by the sixth package of sanctions to be approved by the twenty-seven countries that make up the European Union.

The EU has not officially signed the draft proposal, but could do so as early as Friday at a meeting of ambassadors from member countries, currently underway at the EU headquarters in Brussels, the U.S. broadcaster added.

“Discussions are continuing. It’s not all a piece of cake, but we have to wait and see,” a European Commission source told CNN tersely.

The yellow press has reported on numerous occasions about a possible sentimental relationship between Putin and Kabaeva, a double Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics and also a businesswoman and former deputy, born in 1983, but the Kremlin has always denied it.

In April, The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials had also been debating whether or not to impose sanctions on Kabaeva, as the move could further increase tensions by being a personal blow to Putin.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the EU has so far approved five rounds of sanctions against the Moscow government that include Moscow’s banks, companies and personalities.

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