While images of Boutcha’s deaths have prompted the EU to work on new sanctions against Moscow despite its denials, the German finance minister has deemed it harmful for his country to interrupt deliveries of Russian gas
On April 4, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that Germany could not do without supplies of Russian gas “in the short term” and that sanctions against Moscow in this sector would hurt the EU more than to Russia
“We must consider tough sanctions, but in the short term Russian gas supplies are not substitutable [et les interrompre] would harm us more than Russia,” said Christian Lindner in Luxembourg, ahead of a meeting with his EU counterparts.
Asked about the possibility of sanctions on coal and oil, Christian Lindner kicked into touch. “No speculation on my part,” he replied.
Austria opposed to gas sanctions
“Austria is not in favor of gas sanctions. We are very dependent on Russian gas in Austria. Sanctions should not affect us more than Russia,” said Austrian Finance Minister Magnus Brunner.
A meeting of EU foreign ministers is scheduled for April 11 in Luxembourg and an extraordinary European summit devoted to the conflict in Ukraine, the economic situation and European defense is scheduled “at the end of April beginning of May”, according to the services of the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.
Following the abuses discovered in Boutcha, attributed by several Western countries to Russia and which Moscow denies, the European Union was discussing “urgently” new sanctions to be imposed on Russia on April 4.