Le Pen: End useless sanctions against Russia
Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen stated that punitive measures imposed by the EU against Russia should "disappear" because they "make Europeans suffer."
She also stressed that the EU sanctions failed to put the Russian economy on its knees.
“You’d need a huge dose of bad faith not to realize that, contrary to the inflated claims of our government, the Russian economy is not on its knees. They are not on the brink of bankruptcy,” Le Pen said.
She tersely stated: “Otherwise, Europe is going to face a blackout, notably on the question of Russian gas imports. These sanctions are simply useless. All they do is make Europeans suffer. And that, incidentally, includes French people”.
Le Pen's remarks came as French lawmakers were putting the finishing touches on a massive €20 billion package of measures aimed at assisting struggling households in dealing with rising inflation and the energy crisis, which could result in shortages this winter due to the war in Ukraine.
In the past few months, the US, the EU, and its allies have been initiating a series of campaigns against Russia, prompting nations all over the world to follow their lead in terms of economically and diplomatically isolating Russia.
Despite the sanctions and the partial embargo imposed on Russia's oil, the Russian economy has defied the odds in countering oppressive measures.
The IMF stated last week that Russia's economy looks to be weathering the storm better than predicted, owing to high energy prices and strong resilience of domestic demand as a result of government support.