Hungary threatens the EU

Hungary threatens the EU

Hungary threatens the EU

Budapest wants oligarchs Alisher Usmanov and Petr to be removed from the sanctions list Aven and Viktor Rashnikov. Otherwise, it may block the extension of some European Union sanctions against the Russian Federation.

According to the correspondent of “Radio Liberty” Rikard Djozwiak, the EU list now consists of 1217 individuals and 108 Russian entities.

It has expanded throughout the year as the EU tightened restrictive measures against Russia due to military aggression against Ukraine.

< p>Usmanov and Aven were added to the list at the end of February.

Brussels calls Usmanov a “pro-Kremlin oligarch with particularly close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.” He is called one of “Putin's favorite oligarchs” and is believed to handle his business matters.

Aven has been identified as “one of the approximately 50 richest Russian businessmen who regularly meet with Putin in the Kremlin.” He is acting in accordance with Putin's demands.

Rashnikov has been called “a leading Russian oligarch who is the owner and chairman of the board of directors of the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works company.”

Hungary wants to make an exception for humanitarian organizations in order to they may have done business with some sanctioned Russian banks.

Hungary is using the renewal of sanctions as leverage. To force Brussels to approve the disbursement of EU funds held back for fear of violating the rule of law in the country.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich