EU: Negotiations between member states for agreement on 6th package of sanctions against Russia continue

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No final agreement for 6th package of sanctions against Russia closed the today’s conversations at the level of ambassadors Member StatesHowever, significant progress has been made on most sanctions and conversations will continue at all levels, according to EU sources.

“The Council is united in the need to adopt the Sixth Sanctions Package,” the European Commission and the French Presidency of the EU said in a joint statement. necessary for the terms of oil supply to the Member States which are currently in a very special situation in terms of supply from the Russian oil pipeline “, add the same sources and emphasize:” Contacts at all levels will continue at the beginning of the in order to reach a comprehensive agreement on the 6th package of sanctions, as soon as possible “.

It is noted that the biggest “brake” in reaching an agreement on the 6th package of sanctions is the issue of Hungary and Slovakia, which are supplied with oil only through a pipeline from Russia. According to information from AMPE, Hungary is still not satisfied with the two additional years (until the end of 2024) that have been proposed for the total embargo on Russian oil. A similar extension seems to be requested by Slovakia, but also by the Czech Republic. In addition, there are many EU Member States that ask the European Commission for guarantees of their energy security.

It is recalled, finally, that the initial goal was for the 6th package of sanctions to enter into force on 9 May, something that does not seem to be achieved before the 10 May meeting of the Permanent Representatives of the EU Member States (COREPER).

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