A European Union (EU) embargo on Russian gas "is impossible not merely because Austria depends on Russian gas, the German industry also depends on it, and if it collapses, the Austrian one will crash down also; we will face mass unemployment," Nehammer said.
Given Russia's "resilience on account of its size and its capabilities," the sanctions already adopted do not act fast enough, the Austrian Chancellor said on the occasion in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
The official also criticized the EU's slow pace in setting up a joint mechanism for energy purchasing. A common energy platform is now more important than ever for preventing competition between EU countries, Nehammer said.
Embargo of Russian gas not possible — Austria’s Chancellor At the same time, Karl Nehammer expressed confidence that ‘smart sanctions,’ like restrictions in respect of electronic components, will demonstrate their efficiency over time