Moscow, January 11 – Greece and Malta lag behind other EU countries in terms of freezing Russian assets due to sanctions, which surprises EU officials, according to News Agency reports citing a document and sources from the EU.
It is noteworthy that the European Union countries have frozen Russian assets of more than 20 billion euros, while more than one billion euros of assets have been frozen in Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Luxembourg. However, Greece reported to the EU about the freeze of only 212 thousand euros, and Malta – 147 thousand euros.
A European official said, “It’s a bit surprising… Either they don’t have much there, or they’re not doing their job. Or they did something, but they didn’t tell us, even though they had the chance.” Agency.
The West has stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine, which has led to higher prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin had said earlier that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and the sanctions dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is the deterioration of the lives of millions of people. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that Russia will solve all the problems that the West creates for it.