3 April 2022, 07:56 PM

German finance minister opposes embargo on Russian energy carriers

Germany opposes the imposition of an embargo on Russian energy carriers as part of the EU’s sanctions policy, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said in an interview with German newspaper Bild published on April 3.

When asked by journalists why Germany continues to finance the aggressive regime of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin by importing gas and oil, the minister replied: "All options are on the table. The sanctions are already unprecedented. But they must hit the Putin regime and not jeopardize Germany's stability."

He also guaranteed that no one would "freeze to death" in Germany next winter.

"We’re building up reserves and opening up alternative sources of supply," Lindner said.

"It also costs a lot of money, but it's necessary."

The minister said that "the war in Ukraine makes us all poorer, for example, because we have to pay more for imported fuel."

"Even the state can't compensate for this loss of wellbeing," Lindner said.

"But we can mitigate the biggest shocks, and we're doing it. That's why we support those in need and ensure the existence of companies that are at risk. But since funding is limited, these measures may be temporary," he said.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Lindner told Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk that Ukraine had "only a few hours" left.

Lindner opposed the supply of weapons to Kyiv and the removal of Russian banks from the SWIFT global financial payment system.

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