While EU countries are already putting together the ninth package of sanctions against Russia, Lithuania, which has always advocated a very hard line against Moscow, is now showing skepticism. President Gitanas Nauseda has called on the European Commission to adjust the sanctions. Because the sanctions policy sometimes has a stronger impact on the economies of the EU countries, while the consequences for Russia are quite controversial, according to Nauseda.
As an example, Nauseda cited Gazprom’s financial results, which are anything but bad. Although the Russian energy giant has sold much less gas, it was able to benefit from the sharp increase in gas prices, the head of state of the Baltic EU and the NATO country said on Thursday after a meeting with his Romanian colleague Klaus Iohannis in Vilnius. The European Commission should therefore assess the effects of the sanctions policy and adjust its course in the desired direction.
Lithuania has always advocated for the toughest sanctions, the Lithuanian leader said, urging the EU to adopt a ninth sanctions package as soon as possible. “It should be the decisive step forward,” Nauseda stressed. It should include further restrictions on the military industry, Russian banks and the Rosatom nuclear agency.
Von der Leyen: Price ceiling for Russian oil is coming
During her visit to Finland, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, assured that the sanctions were being prepared. In addition, the German was confident that a global price cap for Russian oil would also be set.
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