Emergency services swoop on European Commission building after white power found

The incident, originally mistakenly reported as a fire, saw emergency services outside the EU Commission building where Ursula von der Leyen’s offices are based. An envelope with suspect withe powder was found in the building. 

The incident was dealt with as European leaders reached an initial agreement on what would be the bloc’s eight round of sanctions against Russia for waging war against Ukraine, three diplomatic sources told Reuters on Friday.

The EU executive earlier this week recommended that the bloc imposes more trade curbs and individual blacklistings and moves towards – rather than adopting straight away – a price cap for Russian seaborne oil deliveries to third countries, mostly insured by European companies.

The 27 EU countries’ national envoys to Brussels discussed the proposal on Friday and gave their initial green light, with a final approval expected next week, said the three sources.

The 27 need unanimity to impose sanctions and, should their differences prove too difficult to overcome, the matter would go to the bloc’s national leaders meeting in Prague on October 6-7, said the sources who all spoke under condition of anonymity.

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