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Non-acceptance of the sixth package of sanctions will be too generous gift to Putin – Kuleba

Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba believes that not accepting the sixth package of sanctions against Russia would be too generous a financial gift to Putin and a demonstration of a split in the EU.

Kuleba said this at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Annalena Berbock in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy noted that discussions are ongoing in the EU on how to overcome the Hungarian veto on the sixth sanctions package.

“This is an internal affair of the EU – how to find this solution. But I think it is in the interests of the EU itself to find this solution, because not accepting the sixth package of sanctions would be too generous a gift for Putin, not only in terms of sanctions that will not be accepted, but also with point of view of demonstrating a split in the EU itself,” said Kuleba.

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According to him, he and his German counterpart Burbock are interested in the soonest adoption of the sixth EU sanctions package.

“I am grateful to Germany, which supported the introduction of the oil embargo and is now joining the efforts to overcome the Hungarian veto on this embargo,” the Foreign Minister said.

As Ukrinform reported, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the French Foreign Ministry Clement Bon said on May 10 that the European Union could reach an agreement on an embargo on Russian oil, which Hungary is currently blocking, “within a week.”

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On May 9, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, clarified Hungary’s position on EU sanctions policy and energy security and expressed her intention to strengthen cooperation with regional partners in the development of oil infrastructure.

Since Russia started the war against Ukraine, the European Union has already imposed five packages of sanctions against the aggressor. The sixth one is currently being prepared, the adoption of which, according to some reports, is being blocked by Hungary.

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