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EU agrees on Russia sanctions so far, but energy divides

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By RAF CASERT and SAMUEL PETREQUIN

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Greenpeace has accused the European Union of bankrolling Russia’s war by continuing to purchase its energy supplies.

Japan too take heed. Having Zelensky speak to the Diet does not amount to much in the end.

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Said it before. We're all for sanctions, but when it comes to bread costing ¥600 and gasoline ¥1000, where will we stand then

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Said it before. We're all for sanctions

who is all? I’m definitely not for sanctions. Punishing sportspeople with no arms or legs is tantamount to human rights abuse. Stealing peoples money because of their ethnicity, I think that’s called racism. Punishing the whole world…that’s NWO.sanction Ukraine until they agree to peace and not sacrificing their own people would be more ideal.

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One thing for sure, more new sanctions are on the way, never mind their effectiveness.

Sanctions, sanctions, sanctions, the only word known to American leaders..

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Sanctions, sanctions, sanctions, the only word known to American leaders..

Sanctions are one of the tools in the democracies' toolbox, true. We can also provide lethal and non-lethal assistance and intelligence as well. Better than a military escalation, right?

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Rodney - If Russia doesn't like sanctions, then maybe they shouldn't invade other countries?

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maybe Germany should not have relied on Russian energy (as they were advised) and they could actually join the sanctions.

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“Sanctions must always have a much bigger impact on the Russian side than on ours.”

yet we hear this-

"Biden warns of 'real' food shortage following sanctions on Russia"

'The price of the sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia

and from before-

Biden bans Russia oil imports to U.S., warns gasoline to rise further

Sounds like "our side" is taking the brunt of these sanctions (that dont deter Putin).

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One thing for sure, more new sanctions are on the way, never mind their effectiveness.

Sanctions, sanctions, sanctions, the only word known to American leaders..

Your right, the call should be for War War War, right? Sanctions are evil but War is good. Take a leaf from Putin's book?

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Without doubt EU is the main source of finance for Russia war machine.

Europe is a key destination for Russia’s energy exports

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=51618#

At least give the courageous Ukraine people a fighting chance, and supply tanks and aircraft.

Ignore Macron and equip the Ukraine army, navy, air force with the necessary means to reply to the atrocities, war crime being perpetrated on a daily basis.

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maybe Germany should not have relied on Russian energy (as they were advised) and they could actually join the sanctions.

And

Sounds like "our side" is taking the brunt of these sanctions (that dont deter Putin).

So, your view is, the EU is bad for not sanctioning Russian fossil fuels, but the US is also bad for, uh, sanctioning Russian fossil fuels?

Wow. Seems like you'll say anything to disparage nations unfriendly to Russia.

Hope the paycheck is good.

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EU is bad for not sanctioning Russian fossil fuels,

No Germany should NOT be dependent on Russian energy.

which is what I said.

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(Hint: you don’t have to sanction anyone if you don’t have critical deals with them in the first place.)

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You're gonna flip when you discover that there are more countries in the EU than Germany.

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Unlike the U.S., they have so far spared Russian fossil fuels, highlighting the EU's reliance on the country's oil, natural gas and coal to keep homes warm and the wheels of industry turning.

What a conundrum for the US. While domestic consumers there watch as gas prices and basic goods' prices rise and rise (Oh, here's another $1B for Ukraine), the EU remains divided over imposing energy sanctions on Ukraine?

Incredible.

The war is happening in their backyard. And they basically are just watching and scratching their chins, and having meetings to discuss, who knows what. While the US bears the overall burden of sanctions.

US should pull out of NATO. Let the 27 countries or whatever in Europe handle European problems.

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Where did I mention the EU? You sure like to paraphrase things people never talked about.

so it’s just accepted as “ok” that Germany gets to keep funding the Russian war machine and be excluded from the negative impacts of sanctions because “ya know they gotta have Russian energy”

while the USA has to have $7 gas and food shortages and MUST sanction Russia.

because….why?

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Europe cannot end Russia energy dependence overnight -Scholz

And

Germany’s leader says a boycott of Russian energy would imperil ‘hundreds of thousands of jobs.’

“Germany, Europe’s largest economy, has been the most prominent opponent of a boycott of Russian energy. It relies on Russia for about 55 percent of its natural gas, 35 percent of its oil and half its coal.”

this is ok and doesn’t undermine the entire sanctions effort because…..?

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Where did I mention the EU? You sure like to paraphrase things people never talked about.

Could you look at the first two letters of the article's headline? What are they?

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Express sisterToday  02:17 pm JST

What I am saying is that you're playing it both ways: the US institutes sanctions on Russian energy, and that's bad because it will cost jobs. Won't Biden think of the jobs?

The EU doesn't institute sanctions because it will cost jobs, and that's bad. Why care about jobs when there's sanctions to be made?

This is much more a EU problem than a US matter.

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While the US bears the overall burden of sanctions.

I am in the US. The sanctions are certainly going to be more painful for the EU and other countries that do more trade with Russia, especially energy. That is why I hope the US is able to assist Ukraine's resistance efforts more in other ways, such as humanitarian aid, weapons and other tools of defense, and intelligence.

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Could you look at the first two letters of the article's headline? What are they?

Yet I didn’t mention the EU. I mentioned one member, Germany.

one of the weakest and laziest debate methods is “so what you are saying is” then followed by an inaccurate paraphrase.

“what I am saying” is what I wrote. Which did not include “EU”.

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US should pull out of NATO. Let the 27 countries or whatever in Europe handle European problems.

Russians would definitely like that and maybe some in our (US) previous administration.

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