BERLIN, 17 April. /TASS/. Germany insists that the European Union include Russia’s civilian nuclear power in the 11th package of sanctions against Moscow. This was reported on Monday with reference to the Ministry of Economy of Germany agency Reuters .
“The German government has asked the European Commission to include the civilian nuclear sector [in a new set of restrictive measures]. This should be part of the next package of sanctions,” the economic department said in a statement.
At the same time, the German Ministry of Economy acknowledged that the inclusion of the nuclear sector in the next package of sanctions will take time, but such measures should be implemented in transition periods. “It is important that we start and not shirk decisive action in this area as well,” the ministry concluded.
On Saturday, Vice Chancellor, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection of Germany Robert Habek (The Greens) in an interview with DPA already said that the German government in the European Union is in favor of including the Russian nuclear sector in the 11th package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. “Nuclear technology is a very sensitive area, and here Russia can no longer be considered a reliable partner,” he argued. Khabek pointed out that the Russian Federation uses its dependence on its energy resources to exert pressure. The Minister noted that the European Union should become even more independent from Russia.
Germany itself on Saturday disconnected from the power grid the last three operating nuclear power plants – Isar 2 , Neckarwestheim 2 and Emsland, thereby completely abandoning its own nuclear energy. Earlier , Reuters reported that the EU countries are studying the imposition of sanctions against Rosatom and restrictions against the Russian nuclear sector in Europe, subject to the provision of exemptions from this package of sanctions for Hungary. Budapest last year in the same way received the right to continue buying Russian pipeline oil, on which the rest of the EU countries imposed an embargo that came into force on December 5, 2022.
The EU was unable to include sanctions against Rosatom in the 10th package of sanctions, introduced on February 25, due to opposition from Hungary.