France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen claimed that the sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine war were useless. Stating that Europe suffered because of the sanctions, Le Pen claimed that contrary to the allegations, the Russian government was not on the verge of bankruptcy. While Le Pen’s words were widely covered in the European media, voices against sanctions began to rise gradually in the country.
The Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen , Who Lost The Race With President Emmanuel Macron in the elections held in France, sat on the European agenda with his new statement .
SANCTIONS DON’T WORK, EUROPEANS ARE SURVIVE
Speaking at a press conference in the parliament, Le Pen stated that the sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia did not work and should be terminated immediately.
“If the sanctions do not end, Europe will face a serious power outage. These sanctions do not work. All they do is make Europeans suffer. And that includes the French ,” Le Pen said .
“RUSSIA IS NOT ON THE BILL OF BANKRUPTCY”
Stating that the Russian economy is not on the verge of bankruptcy as the European Union countries claim, Le Pen said, “Contrary to the inflated claims, you need a great bad faith to understand that the Russian economy is not on its knees . “
Le Pen’s statements resonated not only in France but throughout Europe. While the British newspapers gave wide coverage to the remarkable words, the harshest reaction to Le Pen came from the French Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher.
“THE FIRST PERSON TO SELL FRANCE TO RUSSIA FOR A PLATE OF LENTILS”
Stating that the statement in question was “incredibly dangerous” and “irresponsible” , the minister said, “Le Pen may be proud to present himself as the most patriotic politician, but in fact he is the first person to be ready to sell France to Russia for a plate of lentils . “
VOICES AGAINST SANCTIONS BEGAN TO RISE
Marine Le Pen is not the only person in France to express his reaction to the sanctions against Russia.
Charles-Henri Gallois, head of the Generation Frexit campaign in France, also claimed that the sanctions backfired : “Some European countries, such as Germany and Italy, are very dependent on Russian gas. You can’t change that all at once, you don’t have an equivalent facility. Economic sanctions will hit Europe more than Russia.” It does too much damage.” used the phrases.
EU critic and Frexiteer Eric Noirez also claimed that a major financial crisis awaited the EU due to the sanctions and said that “the European Union shot itself in the foot” .
22 PERCENT INCREASE DESPITE SANCTIONS
The European Union, which received a common reaction against Russia after the Ukrainian invasion that started on February 24, has so far accepted 7 sanctions packages. These include individual sanctions against nearly 11,000 people, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, banning exports of certain products such as crude oil and gold, and exclusion of Russia from the Swift international payment system.
Despite the EU embargo on most Russian oil imports, the latest data revealed that Europe actually increased its Russian diesel imports by more than one-fifth in July.
The Union imported about 700,000 barrels of fuel per day from Russia in July, a 22 percent increase over the same period last year.