Lithuanian Foreign Minister accuses EU of being tired of anti-Russian sanctions


The pressure on Russia with the help of sanctions will continue, the condition for this is to overcome difficulties by Europe, for example, related to the import of energy resources, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in an interview with Deutsche Welle (recognized as a foreign media agent in Russia).

“I think the appetite for more sanctions has dried up. I think a lot of European countries are anxious about the coming winter when it comes to gas prices and stuff.” But I believe that everything will not be as bad as expected, “ – said the head of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.

The EU countries and other states of the world have been imposing sanctions against Russia since the end of February. The last sanctions package in the EU was approved at the end of July, it became the seventh. Within its framework, the European Union introduced a ban on “direct and indirect imports, purchases or transfers of gold, which is the most significant Russian export after energy resources” and expanded the list of dual-use technologies prohibited from supplying to Russia. This package of sanctions in Europe was called the “sixth and a half”, since it basically clarified and strengthened the previously imposed restrictions.

Officials in Russia and abroad have repeatedly stated that the limits of Europe’s sanctions capabilities have been reached. Head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell back in March, he said that the European Union “did everything it could” in relation to financial restrictive measures (after that, the fifth, sixth and seventh packages of sanctions were adopted). In June, the Speaker of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin called the “sanctions arsenal” of the West exhausted. A source of the French publication Le Monde in diplomatic circles at the end of July said that Poland and the Baltic countries are in favor of new restrictions on Russian gas, but this issue is not brought up for discussion, so as not to make obvious disagreements within the European Union. “We have come to the end of what we could do,” he argued.

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