6th package of sanctions against Russia will not be agreed within 48 hours – von der Leyen
Von der Leyen about the sixth package of sanctions/Getty Images
European leaders should try one last time to agree on an oil embargo on May 30th. However, it is unlikely to be approved at the EU summit itself.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters on the eve of the European Council summit, Channel 24 reports. She stated that, most likely, the sixth sanctions package will not be agreed upon at the EU summit on May 30-31, 2022.
She stressed that she does not expect this to be resolved in the next 48 hours. However, she expressed confidence that this opportunity will come later.
“My signal to EU members is clear: we have one key path to victory, and that is solidarity with Ukraine and the unity of the European Union,” the President of the European Commission stressed.< /p>
EU proposals for the summit
According to her, the European Commission has prepared proposals for the EU summit to strengthen the association's defense capabilities. They also talked about reducing dependence on Russian energy resources on the oil and gas embargo of the aggressor country.
There was also the question of Ukraine – “with an emphasis on short-term financial assistance” and EU participation in the post-war reconstruction.
< p class="bloquote cke-markup"> And, of course, there will be another topic that is still open – the sixth sanctions package. We have already successfully adopted 5 sanctions packages. It has never been easy. With the sixth package, too, – said von der Leyen.
She added that, unfortunately, no final decision had yet been made. Even though the European Commission, together with France (presiding over the Council of the EU this year), “worked intensively in recent days to make progress on the sanctions package.”
Attention! Prime Minister Estonian Kaja Kallas also stated that the sixth package of sanctions is unlikely to be agreed upon at the summit of EU leaders on May 30.
The sixth package of sanctions was not adopted even earlier
- Discussions on the sixth package of EU sanctions have been going on for more than a month. The main obstacle is the inability to agree on an embargo on oil imports from Russia, which Hungary opposes.
- On May 29, EU ambassadors again failed to reach a common denominator on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia. This was announced by the editor of Radio Liberty for Europe, Rikard Jozwiak.
- He noted that the problem is not only Hungary's refusal to support the imposition of an embargo on Russian oil.
- According to him , there are also lively discussions from several representatives of the countries of the bloc who want to continue to allow Russians to buy property in the European Union.
- It was reported on Sunday that the European Commission will try to offer a compromise option – to ban offshore oil from Russia while postponing restrictions on imports from a key oil pipeline.
- Against this backdrop, German Economy Minister Robert Gabeck expressed concern that the unity of the European Union “is starting to crumble” on the eve of the summit of the bloc's leaders.