DPA: Germany blocks talks on new package of EU sanctions against Russia

13.06.2024, Berlin.

Germany is hindering the progress of negotiations on a new package of EU sanctions against Russia, diplomatic sources in Brussels say, the DPA wrote on June 13.

According to the agency, “the German federal government is blocking progress in negotiations on the next package of EU sanctions against Russia. <…> Germany’s deliberations and requests for amendments are the decisive reason why the sanctions plans have so far been unable to be finalized.”

According to the DPA, the new sanctions will be aimed at countering attempts to circumvent existing restrictions. In addition, it is planned to introduce stricter measures against Russian businesses related to the production and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

At the same time, the European Commission is considering restricting Russian LNG exports from some ports, including Belgian Zeebrugge, to third countries. Germany fears that this could make it liable for circumventing sanctions.

The agreement on a $50 billion loan to Kiev is postponed until the fall due to disagreements between the USA and the EU, Politico wrote.

At the upcoming G7 summit, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intend to reject the US loan proposal.

Since the start of the special military operation, Western countries have imposed multiple sanctions against Russia. Earlier, President Vladimir Putin said that these measures dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. However, Russia is successfully resisting the restrictive measures, and the West recognizes that these measures do not achieve their goal.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency