EU countries cannot find a common language to act against Russia
Negotiations on plans to tighten EU sanctions against Russia pose difficulties. In the first talks between the European Commission and the member states, Hungary and Cyprus have rejected a price limitation for Russian oil, it is reported from Brussels. Following President Putin's announcement of partial mobilization in Russia, the foreign ministers of the EU and the seven leading economic democracies (G7) last week announced further sanctions against Moscow. Limiting the price of oil should have been their basis. A price cap would cause Russia to cut off supplies.
The head of the Hungarian government, Viktor Orban, has blamed the EU's punitive measures for the massive increase in prices for consumers. Cyprus, for its part, will protect shipping companies that supply Russian oil to third countries. The Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, criticized the "obstacles to investments in the nuclear sector" within the framework of the annual conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Hungary wants to build two atomic reactors in cooperation with the Russian concern, Rosatom. Among other things, Germany is working in Brussels for the end of nuclear cooperation with Russia. All sanctions against Russia require the unanimous decision of the member states.
No solution for Russian defectors
EU countries are also looking for a common course of action with those Russians who do not want to go to war in Ukraine and leave their homeland. A crisis meeting on the 27th of the ambassadors of the member countries did not bring any solution. The Czech presidency has announced that the European Commission has been asked to "verify, evaluate and update the regulations for issuing visas, taking into consideration the security concerns of the member countries".
After Russia announced the partial mobilization of the population, countries like Germany and others are looking for a common position on dealing with Russian defectors. The positions between the member countries are however distant. German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser promised asylum for Russian defectors. Other countries such as the Baltic countries and Poland strictly reject this.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrilius Landsbergis said Lithuania would not offer asylum to those "who escape responsibility". "Russians must stand and fight against Putin," Landsbergis wrote on Twitter./DW