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Media learned why the EU did not include diamond imports in anti-Russian sanctions

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Politico: EU not sanctioned diamond imports from Russia due to Belgian lobbying

MOSCOW, September 23 – RIA Novosti. The newspaper reported that the European Union did not include restrictions on the diamond trade from Russia into the sanctions due to the lobbying activities of Belgian diplomats. politics citing knowledgeable sources.

On the eve of the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell announced that the EU will impose new sanctions, both personal and sectoral, against the Russian Federation in connection with the referendums in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov then spoke about various leaks of information about these sanctions, in particular, according to him, the ban on imports of diamonds from Russia was called a sectoral sanction.

“Specifically, Belgian diplomats have ensured, through lobbying, that EU officials do not include gems on their sanctions lists,” Politico said, referring to diplomats familiar with the sanctions debate. However, it was noted that Belgium has publicly promised that it will not block sanctions against Russian diamonds.

Antwerp World Diamond Center spokesman Tom Neys told the publication that the business is already under pressure due to requests from regulators and customers. “We’ve been investing in making the diamond trade more transparent for 20 years,” Neiss said. Are we really going to get rid of all this and reward Dubai for opening its doors to Russian oligarchs?

The West has increased the pressure on Russia to impose sanctions on Ukraine, which has caused electricity, fuel and food prices to rise in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously stated that the policy of controlling and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West and that the sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main purpose of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people.

Source: Ria

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