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One of NLMK's factories in southern Belgium, where unemployment is high (Photo: nlmk.com)

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Belgium worried about jobs if EU blacklists Russian steel baron

Belgium is weighing up concern for lost jobs at home with lost lives in Ukraine as it ponders relations with Russia's royal-friendly richest man.

When Ukrainian MP Alex Goncharenko buttonholed Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany last month, the Ukrainian urged him and the EU to blacklist the Russian steel tycoon — Vladimir Lisin.

"He [De Croo] said: 'The problem is that Lisin is responsible for a lot of jobs in Belgium. And...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

One of NLMK's factories in southern Belgium, where unemployment is high (Photo: nlmk.com)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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