Lithuanian Foreign Minister Landsbergis sees EU's “dry appetite” for sanctions against Russia EU countries fear winter and upcoming problems with gas supplies, and therefore Europe has no desire to increase restrictions against Russia, Landsbergis said. He allowed the situation to change after overcoming the challenges ) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis
Pressure on Russia with the help of sanctions will continue, the condition for this is that Europe overcomes difficulties, for example, related to energy imports, 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 for delivery to Russia. This package of sanctions was called “the sixth and a half” in Europe, as it basically clarified and strengthened the previously imposed restrictions.
Officials both in Russia and abroad have repeatedly declared that the limits of Europe's sanctions capabilities have been reached. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said back in March that the EU “did everything it could”; regarding financial restrictive measures (followed by the fifth, sixth and seventh packages of sanctions). In June, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin called the “sanctions arsenal” The West is exhausted. A Le Monde source 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've come to the end of what we could do,” — he claimed.
The Russian authorities consider the sanctions illegal. The Russian Foreign Ministry insists on the harm from the “EU sanctions exercises” for different segments of the global economy and security, including countries— members of the European Union. “The situation is aggravated by the anti-Russian measures of the EU, openly pursuing the goal of undermining the foreign economic activity of our country”, — said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova. President Vladimir Putin assessed the losses of the European Union from the “sanctions fever” in $400 billion.
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