The Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union discussed the issue of sanctions in the world against the background of countering the coronavirus pandemic and the obstacles arising from them in this fight, EU head of diplomacy Josep Borrel said at a press conference.

“We also discussed that sanctions should not prevent the delivery of important equipment and supplies needed to fight coronavirus,” Borrel said.

Earlier, the President of the UN General Assembly, Tijani Muhammad-Bande, in an interview with Free News, called for the need to lift sanctions, which in the context of the coronavirus pandemic further complicate the situation of the most vulnerable countries in terms of the spread of the disease. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called on the G20 leaders to lift sanctions that prevent the spread of coronavirus from delivering food, medical care, and necessities.

Then the permanent missions of Russia, China, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to the UN sent a letter to Guterres asking him to demand the complete and immediate lifting of unilateral sanctions that prevent countries from fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus. However, the US, EU, UK, Ukraine, and Georgia did not allow the UN General Assembly to adopt a Russian draft resolution calling for the lifting of unilateral sanctions.