Russia no longer a reliable partner - EC chief

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

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# 06 May 2022 13:20 (UTC +04:00)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the oil embargo on Russia announced earlier this week would not be easy, but that the EU could not "over the long term transfer money to Russia, given its values", APA reports citing BBC.

She also said the EU must reduce its reliance on Russian gas and that Russia was no longer a reliable partner.

EU representatives are meeting again on Friday - in talks also expected to go into the weekend - to negotiate a proposed EU sanctions package against Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine and the necessary sanctions taken by the EU were more than a stress test for our economy, von der Leyen added.

She said the EU's place was "at Ukraine's side": "We want Ukraine to win this war," she is quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

Asked what the criteria would be to decide whether Ukraine had won the war, she said it was up to Ukraine to decide how to negotiate with Russia to achieve a ceasefire.

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