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Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has urged Western allies to work together to isolate Russia’s economy and bring an end to the war in Ukraine. 

Speaking ahead of the EU summit, he said: “We have to continue to isolate Putin’s economy, Russia’s economy, to stop the money flowing into the war machine.

“If we want to stop the killing in Ukraine, we have to help the Ukrainians fight back and we have to cut off Putin’s economy.

“The longer we wait, the more difficult it becomes and the price is Ukrainian lives.”

He also encouraged leaders to move away from being dependent on Russian energy.

This comment is likely directed at German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as Germany currently receives 40 percent of its energy from Russia.

The Latvian leader explained: “In terms of energy, we have to find a way to move away from Russian energy dependency as quickly as possible.

“It’s in line with the Green Deal moving towards renewables towards energy efficiency.

“We have to continue in this way as quickly as possible.

“And I would I am arguing and I’ll argue again tonight, that we have to look at serious energy sanctions as well because this is the main source of income for the Russian government.”

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