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Belgian Parliament calls for ban on Russian diamond imports into EU

Belgian MPs voted for a motion calling for a ban on imports of Russian diamonds into Europe, a measure intended as a “strong signal” after a wish expressed in March 2022 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

After such a strong signal from the Belgian Parliament, I do not see how diamonds could be ignored in the eleventh EU sanctions package” targeted at Russia, said green MP Samuel Cogolati, one of the politicians who advocated the motion.

Until now, the Belgian government had expressed reservations about a possible ban on diamond imports, fearing that trade would move to other centres like Dubai, at the expense of Antwerp.

The parliamentary motion called on the Belgian government to “explicitly advocate, within the EU Council, the introduction of an import ban relating to both direct and indirect trade in Russian diamonds.”

Source: AFP

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