Work on sanctioning Russia ongoing, ‘gaps’ still being exploited – European Parliament chief
President of the European Parliament Roberta Metzola (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)
President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola on March 4 called for stricter sanctions against Russia as there are still "gaps" being exploited, Interfax-Ukraine reported on March 4.
"We have done unprecedented work, adopted numerous packages, but there are still gaps and there are countries that abuse the gaps. We can still move further. Sanctions are working," she said at a briefing in Lviv.
Metsola proposed sanctioning Russia’s diamond industry and Russian companies that are still present on the European market in the next package of sanctions.
"I believe that is only a matter of time before Europe stops questioning whether enough has been done to address the issue," Metsola said.
She added that the European Parliament was impressed with the pace of Ukraine’s progress on its EU application. She said she hopes that accession negotiations can begin by the end of this year.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a bilateral meeting with Metsola in Lviv on March 4.
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