Should Russian diamonds be banned in Antwerp?  - Companies

Should Russian diamonds be banned in Antwerp? – Companies

“We are very much in favor of banning the import of rough diamonds from Russia. This trade must be stopped now. At this stage the option is for it to be a decision at European level, but we believe that the ‘we can already take a decision at the Belgian level.”

Gilles Vanden Burre, leader of the Ecolo group in the Chamber, does not mince his words for Trends-Tendances: the sanctions must be toughened against the Moscow regime, accused of massacres worthy of genocide in Boutcha.

Gilles Vanden Burre, leader of the Ecolo group in the Chamber, does not mince his words for Trends-Tendances: the sanctions must be toughened against the Moscow regime, accused of massacres worthy of genocide in Boutcha. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky had himself called on Belgian MPs to act, during his performance in the Chamber on March 31, with these words: “peace is more valuable than diamonds”. The market is substantial: in 2021, Antwerp bought 1.8 billion rough diamonds from Russia, almost a quarter of its total supply. The precious stones come mainly from the mines of the Alrosa company, 33% owned by the state led by Vladimir Putin. If the Greens are arguing for an end to this trade, they are preaching in the desert, for now. “The Russians can turn overnight to Dubai to process their diamonds, warned Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open Vld). At that time, the impact would be nil for Russia and total for us. ” This is precisely the argument developed by the lobbying of the diamond sector. The Prime Minister specified that he would however not oppose such a decision if it were decided at European level. “This request could prove to be ineffective and yet we are not suspected of being sympathizers of the sector”, supports the leader of the PS group, Ahmed Laaouej. The diamond sector had been accused of initiating the criminal transaction law (passed in 2011) to help escape legal proceedings against a financial arrangement. The diamond industry represents more than 30,000 jobs in Belgium, especially in the Antwerp metropolis. “There is a desire to go further in the sanctions against Russia, but there must be overall consistency, believes BenoĆ®t Piedboeuf, head of the MR group. We must also respect the freedom of companies.” Diamond dealers can breathe. For the moment.

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