The European Union is negotiating with the United States and Britain a new round of economic sanctions against Russia, but no decision will be made at a meeting of EU diplomats on Monday.
This was stated by the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell, his words were quoted by Reuters. In July 2014, the European Union and the United States imposed economic sanctions on Russia targeting the energy, banking and defense sectors. Speaking at the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Borrell indicated that further restrictive measures were being considered if Moscow tried to invade Ukraine. After the massive concentration of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine.
“We’re in a mess,” Borrell said. In front of the press on Monday. stressed that In any case, EU diplomats will send a clear signal that Russia will pay a heavy price for any aggression against Ukraine. “With the United States and the United Kingdom, we are studying what sanctions can be adopted in a coordinated manner, when and how,” he explained.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, Gabrielus Landsbergis, added that his country was convinced that Russia was already preparing for a full-scale war against Ukraine, which he described as an “unprecedented event” since World War II. a He warned that in the event of such an unprecedented attack by Russian forces on Ukraine, the response of Western countries should be “unprecedented”.
Several EU diplomats told Reuters that talks on Monday focused on a possible gradual increase in sanctions against Russia, ranging from travel bans and asset freezes for some Russian politicians to a ban on the union’s financial and banking relations with Russia.
Possible EU measures include sanctions in the form of a malfunction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which links Russia with Germany, aims to impose sanctions on several Russian state energy and defense companies or cancel some gas supply contracts.
However, diplomats warned that such measures would only be considered if the Russian military attempted a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
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