The Greeks joined the Hungarians. Athens and Budapest block new EU sanctions against Russia

The European Union is currently discussing the 11th round of sanctions against Russia. While the previous 10 sanctions packages focused on measures to drain Vladimir Putin’s budget, Brussels now wants to avoid its sanctions. In an unprecedented step for the alliance, the current package would help Moscow avoid trade sanctions targeting other countries.

But Budapest and Athens made it conditional on Kiev addressing its objections to the sensitive issue of several EU private companies that Ukraine accuses of collaborating with Russia and aiding the invasion of Ukraine.

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