“Never blocked measures against diamond sector”, stresses Belgian PM

The Belgian government has never blocked any measures against Russia regarding the diamond sector, prime minister Alexander De Croo ephasized on Wednesday in a statement on Radio 1, after reports to this effect had been circulating earlier.

From a Belgian perspective, the administration always looks at additional sanctions with an open mind, the PM explained. What is crucial, however, is that these must be measures taken by all European countries. The European Commission’s reasoning is that any measures must hit the opponent harder than ourselves.

“Our country has never blocked measures relating to the diamond sector”, the Prime Minister emphasises.

N-VA wants to cut ties, "but then the rest of the world should follow”

After the Flemish social democrats and green party (both opposition parties in the government of Flanders) had already spoken out in favour of sanctions in the diamond sector, Flemish nationalist party N-VA yesterday also made it clear it wants to cut the ties between the diamond sector and Russia. “But then the rest of the world should follow”, said party leader Bart De Wever and Flemish government leader Jan Jambon in VTM NEWS. N-VA is the largest party in the Flemish government coalition. Belgium's substantial diamond industry is largely centered in the Flemish city of Antwerp.

The statements in favour of measures against the diamond sector followed the news that Antwerp diamond dealers pay billions to a Russian state-owned company every year.

Photo © BELGA

Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.

About belganewsagency.eu

Belga News Agency delivers dependable, rapid and high-quality information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Belgium and abroad to all Belgian media. The information covers all sectors, from politics, economics and finance to social affairs, sports and culture, not to mention entertainment and lifestyle.

Every day, our journalists and press photographers produce hundreds of photos and news stories, dozens of online information items, plus audio and video bulletins, all in both national languages. Since the end of March 2022 English has been added as a language.

For public institutions, businesses and various organisations that need reliable information, Belga News Agency also offers a comprehensive range of corporate services to meet all their communication needs.


Arduinkaai 29 1000 Brussels