Italy’s largest daily, Corriere della Sera, writes that the European Union cannot sanction several influential Russian oligarchs because of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s veto.
According g7.huthe daily mentions three names in their article:
- Alexei Miller: the CEO of Gazprom, who blackmails Europe with gas, Corriere della Sera characterizes him;
- Vladimir Potanin: the CEO of Norilsk Nickel, a nickel and palladium mining and smelting company, who is also the richest Russian with an estimated fortune of around 26 billion USD;
- Andrei Bokarev is the president of the Transmashholding, a railway company. He had a joint venture in Hungary with Hungarian Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky.
Of course, all three are close allies of President Vladimir Putin and have been sanctioned by the US and UK.
However, the European Union cannot sanction them, so they can travel freely within the EU. Even if, for example, Miller’s Gazprom threatened in a video to turn off the gas taps to freeze the West. HERE you can watch their video. To make matters worse, the Kremlin openly said in September that it was reducing the amount of gas delivered to Europe due to EU sanctions.
The Italian daily did not share details of Orbán’s veto but referred to unnamed sources working in Brussels.
However, it would not be the first time that Hungary has vetoed an EU sanction against someone. For example, Hungary removed pro-war Patriarch Kirill of Moscow from Hungary’s sanctions list, g7.hu reported. The Hungarian media questioned Orbán’s office about the Italian newspaper’s claims but received no response.