Top diplomats from all 27 EU countries were meeting in Luxembourg to consider a new wave of sanctions directed against Russia. While the bloc is striving to present a united front, some reports have indicated a growing rift between the member states on further measures against Moscow.
While some countries, like Ireland, were pushing for sanctioning Russia’s massive energy imports, others were finding this approach “very difficult,” said Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.
“In our view, we need to cut off that financing of war, even though it creates huge challenges and problems,” Coveney said.
The EU representatives were also discussing a proposal by the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell to earmark another €500 million ($544 million) for the delivery of weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also called for weapons’ shipments in Luxembourg, saying that Ukraine needs “above all heavy weaponry” to counter Russia’s attack.
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