Greece, Cyprus and Malta block sanctions against Russia-owned ships

Ships with a Russian flag have been banned from EU ports, while proposed sanctions also to ban ships with another flag but with Russian interests have been vetoed by the three countries.  [Shutterstock/Ververidis Vasilis]

The governments of Athens, Nicosia and Valetta have blocked sanctions aiming to ban Russian ships or those with Russian interests from EU ports, EURACTIV Greece has learned.

Particularly, the European Commission had proposed banning all ships with a Russian flag or with another flag, i.e. Panama, but of Russian ownership. 

Ships with a Russian flag have been banned from EU ports, while proposed sanctions also to ban ships with another flag but with Russian interests have been vetoed by the three countries. 

The veto was exercised on the day when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was addressing the Greek parliament, EURACTIV Greece reported. 

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