By Riham Alkousaa and Alexander Cornwell
ABU DHABI, March 21 (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, visiting the Persian Gulf countries to discuss long-term energy supplies to Russia, said on Monday that global sanctions against for his invasion of the Ukraine.
“I am not asking that they join the sanctions … but I am asking that the European and US sanctions not be approved,” Habeck told reporters in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, after a visit to Qatar.
According to Different, he has seen no evidence that sanctioned Russian wealth is reaching the UAE, the region’s trade hub that diplomats, business executives and financial sources say has turned into a safe haven for Russia’s wealthy.
The minister said he had spoken with Qatari officials about the flow of Russian wealth into the country. The country’s authorities did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The Gulf states have tried to strike a balance between Western allies and Russia, with which they have energy and economic ties.
OPEC producer Saudi Arabia and the UAE have also resisted calls from the West to use their spare oil production capacity to rein in prices, which soared as the Russian invasion raised fears of supply disruptions. .
Russia is Germany’s largest gas supplier and Habeck has launched several initiatives to reduce his country’s energy dependency on Moscow.
(Written by Lina Najem; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)