The European Union (EU) member states could not reach a consensus on the new sanctions package.
EU Representative Josep Borrell made a statement to the press at the end of the EU Foreign Ministers meeting held in Brussels.
Explaining that they are planning to support the Ukrainian economy with various measures such as liberalizing trade and facilitating transportation in the Russia-Ukraine war, Borrell said, “We must help Ukraine produce and export grain and wheat.” Borrell stated that Ukraine’s grain warehouses are complete, and the products must be sent immediately for these warehouses to receive the new crop.
“We will continue to impose sanctions on Russia until the cost of the invasion becomes intolerable,” Borrell said, emphasizing that they continue to discuss the 6th sanctions package.
The EU Commission made some changes to the sanctions package due to the opposition of some member states and gave Hungary, Slovakia, and Czechia an additional period of oil imports from Russia. Despite these changes, Hungary still could not be persuaded.