Hungary stalls EU sanctions over Russian patriarch

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The details of the latest EU sanctions package against Russia, including the oil embargo, were due to be finalized yesterday, but the Hungarian government decided to block the process, because the persons targeted by the asset freeze and travel ban included Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, according to a report by hvg.hu.

According to the report, the Hungarian government has previously stated that it disagrees with this, but in recent days and in the context of the summit the issue has not been raised. 

On Wednesday morning, EU ambassadors met in Brussels to finalize the sanctions package, and it was during this discussion that the Hungarian side indicated that it would like to remove Kirill's name from the list. As a result, the whole process of adopting the package was interrupted.

The outline of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia was approved by EU leaders on Monday.

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