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Ukrainian Group Demands EU Countries Stop Funding Russian Bombs Indirectly

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

A Ukranian Group, Razom We Stand has called on Heads of State for urgent action to stop the practice of European Union nations funding Russian war crimes.

The Group in a statement to EarthNews Nigeria alleged that states were funding Russian bombs,  via their continuing purchase of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“EU countries, led by Belgium, France, and Spain, have imported Russian LNG representing approximately $20 billion in revenue, since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Belgium, France, and Spain account for 318 out of 348 deliveries made into the EU since January 1, 2022. Since the beginning of the war two months later, the EU has received approximately 20m tons of LNG from Russia through more than 300 shipments, representing roughly $20 billion in gas revenue for Russia” the statement added.

Razom We Stand, after analysing these figures, today appealed to the Heads of governments and Ministers of Energy of Spain, France and Belgium to discontinue the use of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) and to support and promote the adoption and implementation of the 12th package of EU sanctions on the embargo of Russian LNG and secondary sanctions on technologies and services associated with LNG and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) infrastructure development.

Research and Policy Advisor of Razom We Stand
Ira Ptashnyk, said “Repeated Russian rocket attacks, bullets and bombs are bought by Russia with income from the LNG gas sold to the EU. New studies show especially Belgium, France, and Spain are culprits here, and they must realise that their “business as usual” with Russia is funding continued human suffering in my home country of Ukraine. The atrocities are clear to everyone; EU leaders must stop supporting Russian war crimes now.”

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