New sanctions imposed on Russia
The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union “Koreber” failed again, to reach an agreement on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, during its meeting today, Sunday.
A source familiar with the talks said that there was no agreement between the representatives of the member states (on sanctions), and the talks are scheduled to resume tomorrow.
The source added that there are indeed solutions that address the concerns of the countries objecting to the oil embargo, pointing to the weakness of their opposition, with the exception of Hungary, which is still insisting on a longer adaptation period to the embargo or exemption from it.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the proposal for the sixth package of sanctions last Wednesday, and it must be unanimously approved by member states for it to enter into force. Among other things, the package proposes a ban on Russian oil imports, which Hungary and Slovakia have repeatedly said they They are not prepared to do so immediately and will ask for waivers.
On Thursday, Slovak Economy Minister Richard Solek said his country supports the EU proposal, but that – along with the Czech Republic and Hungary, it needs a longer transition period to implement it, extending until the end of 2025.
For his part, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that for Budapest, the EU’s proposal to impose a ban on energy resources from the Russian Federation is an atomic bomb.
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine after the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk requested help to defend themselves from the intense attacks of Ukrainian forces.
The operation, as President Vladimir Putin has made clear, aims to stop the militarization of Ukraine, confront the neo-Nazis, and bring to justice all those responsible for the bloody crimes against civilians in Donbass.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the operation targets Ukraine’s military infrastructure and that civilians are not in danger. Moscow says it does not plan to occupy Ukraine but rather to disarm Kyiv and stop its threats.
Russian forces provided civilians with humanitarian aid in the areas they controlled inside Ukraine, and ensured safe transit corridors for civilians who wished to leave.
The West responded to the Russian operation by imposing a large package of sanctions with the aim of undermining Moscow’s will and isolating it from the world, as it claims, but Russia confirmed that it had prepared well for such measures, which it expected to happen regardless of the situation regarding Ukraine.
As of last March 25, the Russian Armed Forces announced the completion of the main tasks of the first stage, which significantly limited the combat capabilities and capabilities of Ukraine, noting that the main objective of the operation, as announced by the Ministry of Defense, is the liberation of the Donbass region.