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Von der Leyen: Only a strong and solid Europe will stop Vladimir Putin



Among the sanctions is a ban on the import of additional Russian products

The members of the European Union reached an agreement on the eighth package of sanctions against Russia, which also includes the legal basis for the introduction of a price cap for Russian oil. The president of the European Commission said that only a strong and solid Europe will stop Vladimir Putin.

The member states must finally confirm the sanctions after a written procedure, the new measures have been agreed upon by the ambassadors of the member states to the EU for now.

Among other things, the sanctions include the legal basis for the introduction of a price cap for Russian oil. It should apply only to the maritime transport of crude oil and certain derivatives to third countries and certain services related thereto. An agreement in principle on setting a price cap for Russian oil for third countries was already reached within the G7 group, which was also mentioned by the President of the European Commission during the presentation of the proposal for sanctions Ursula von der Leyen.

The new package of sanctions will also include a ban on the import of additional Russian products. Brussels also proposes to expand the list of products whose export to Russia is prohibited. The EU will also expand the list of individuals and legal entities subject to sanctions.

The EU decided on a new set of sanctions because of Russia’s escalation of aggression against Ukraine, after Moscow organized referendums on joining Russia in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye. Meanwhile, the annexation, which is not recognized by the international community, has already been implemented.

The European Union has so far adopted seven packages of sanctions against Russia for its attack on Ukraine, which began at the end of February. The last one, which includes, among other things, a ban on the import of Russian gold, was approved by the members in July.

Von der Leyen: The EU is ready to discuss the price cap for gas

In her speech in the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, emphasized that only a strong and firm Europe will stop the Russian president Vladimir Putin. She presented the planned measures regarding energy prices and added that the EU is ready to discuss the upper limit of the price of gas used to produce electricity.

In the European Union, it is necessary to limit the inflationary impact of gas on electricity prices, so we are ready to discuss the upper limit of the price of gas used for the production of electricity, she emphasized. According to her, this restriction, which would be temporary, would be the first step towards structural reform of the electricity market. “Such a gas price cap must be properly designed to ensure security of supply,” she said. According to her, gas prices should also be examined outside the electricity market.

The commission will also work with the member states to reduce uncertainty and the impact of price manipulations carried out by Russia, the president of the commission emphasized. In addition, she announced intensified negotiations with reliable partners such as Norway and called for the establishment of an energy platform for joint gas purchases in the EU to lower energy prices. In doing so, she emphasized that it is necessary to avoid a scenario in which member states will once again compete with each other on world markets, which would increase the price of gas.

“Two things remain the most important in our action: it is united and solidary action,” von der Leyen said. The measures taken by EU countries must “to maintain a level playing field within the Union”, she added at the end.

According to the president of the commission, the EU has so far established key instruments to survive the winter and to solve the dependence on Russian gas, these measures provide the first level of protection. The EU will thus be able to move to the next level of measures, she said, highlighting the RePowerEU plan to eliminate dependence on Russian fossil fuels.

The main speaker of the commission Eric Mamer later clarified that the idea of ​​a price cap mentioned by the President was related to gas trading in Europe on wholesale markets and not directly to the price paid for imported gas. At the same time, he acknowledged “the connection between the price of gas that is traded in Europe and the price of gas that we buy from outside”.

Ursula von der Leyen said that the European Commission will work with member states to reduce uncertainty and the impact of price manipulation.  Photo: EPA

Von der Leyen wrote to the leaders

President von der Leyen explained the proposals that she presented to the MEPs in the morning in more detail in her letter today to the leaders of the EU member states, who will meet on Friday at an informal meeting in Prague, where measures will be one of the central topics. to face the energy cost.

As, among other things, in connection with the gas price ceiling, she wrote in the letter, such a price cap agreed in the EU should be designed in such a way that it would not increase the total consumption of gas. Such a measure requires binding gas-saving measures to compensate for weaker price signals and to protect cross-border flows of subsidized electricity.

In the debate on Russia’s escalation of the war in Ukraine, MEPs emphasized the importance of EU unity in taking measures and called for even tougher sanctions against Russia, while some also called for the EU to provide Ukraine with even more weapons. They also emphasized the importance of solidarity in the energy crisis.

The coming winter will be a big test for the EU, which it has to pass successfully, which will require unity, he said Manfred Weber (EPP). He warned that it is also necessary to oppose the populists in the union, who have only one goal, that is to weaken the EU. Ukraine needs weapons, including tanks, he said, and supported a new package of sanctions and financial aid to Ukraine.

She also supported the new package of sanctions against Russia Iratxe Garcia Perez (S&D) and emphasized the importance of a unified response. That is why, according to her, it is necessary to isolate as much as possible those European leaders who smile at Putin, because he will continue to persist with attempts at discord in the EU.

He also called for overcoming disagreements in the union Petras Auštrevičius (Renew). Ukraine needs help, now is the right time to decide on its future, because European security is also at stake. Ukraine’s membership in NATO plays a key role in this, cooperation and partnership must be established, he added.

He called for even tougher measures against Russia Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens), who called on the commission and its members to include members of the Duma on the list of sanctions.

If Europe wants to continue helping Ukraine, it must be ensured that the burden of the measures will not be on the shoulders of European citizens and companies, warned Marco Zanni (ID).

Source: Rtvslo

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