Von der Leyen and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, held a press conference at the end of the first day sessions of the EU Leaders' Summit held in Brussels.
Noting that the sanctions are being breached and the gaps in the existing sanctions are becoming increasingly serious, von der Leyen said, "When we impose sanctions, the other party tries every way to avoid and undermine the sanctions." he said.
Von der Leyen pointed out that the latest 10th package against Russia includes various elements that strengthen the implementation of existing sanctions, eliminate gaps and prevent their perforation.
Explaining that the EU has appointed a representative on sanctions, and that this person has met with countries where violations of sanctions have been observed, von der Leyen emphasized that they are also working intensively with the G7 countries to ensure compliance and share information on the prevention of violations of sanctions.
Von der Leyen reminded that in the 10th sanctions package of the EU, they introduced the possibility of listing the persons, companies or organizations in third countries that violated the said measures.
Pointing out that they have taken various measures to address the violation of the sanctions, von der Leyen said, "These measures are definitely not enough. Therefore, the 11th sanctions package will mainly deal with the problem of how to prevent the circumvention of sanctions." she said.