Incident at the Kerch Bridge: The US Congress has condemned Russia for “aggression” and demands that Russia return the ships; many a European politician has called for “More Sanctions!” after the Kerch Bridge incident. But it’s not going to happen. On this subject, Ukraine and Lithuania are all alone.
We read in RusDialog:
The leading EU power refuses to introduce new sanctions against Russia
In Berlin, they consider it impractical to introduce new anti-Russian restrictive measures in connection with the incident in the Black Sea.
Germany opposes the introduction of new sanctions against the Russian Federation for the incident between Russian and Ukrainian warships near the Kerch Strait. This was announced on Friday by the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Heiko Maas.
According to the minister, the use of additional measures against Moscow is inexpedient, as now steps are being taken to reduce tensions. He assured that Berlin would not propose new sanctions.
The chief of German diplomacy also noted that among the members of the European Union there is no consensus on new anti-Russian sanctions.
In the meantime, Lithuania did not wait for the decision of Brussels on this issue, but introduced individual sanctions against some Russian citizens involved in the detention of Ukrainian ships. This was announced on Friday by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite during a meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.
The Lithuanian leader did not specify exactly who the restrictive measures would concern, and what they would be.
Poroshenko thanked Grybauskaite for strongly condemning the actions of Moscow near the Kerch Strait and said that Kiev and Vilnius would jointly oppose “Russian aggression.”
We recall that in Ukraine they are working on anti-Russian sanctions:
Ukraine promises Russia painful “Azov sanctions
Deputy head of the department for foreign policy and European integration of the presidential administration, Sergey Leshchenko, announced that Kiev is setting up new restrictive measures against the Russian Federation.