EU warns Russia that any invasion of Ukraine will lead to new “massive” sanctions


The head of the European Union’s executive committee warned Russia on December 15 that if Moscow invades neighboring Ukraine, a block of 27 members is ready to take additional sanctions.

“We want to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Ursula von der Leyen told EU lawmakers Wednesday, reporting Russia’s “massive accumulation of military aid along the eastern border of Ukraine.” Expressed concern.

Economic sanctions targeting multiple Russian sectors as Von der Leyen sees the European Parliament as the West becoming more and more aggressive since the merger of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Said that has already been implemented.

“There are a series of economic sanctions in place for the financial and energy sector, dual-use products and defense,” said Von der Leyen.

“Our response to further attacks could take the form of a powerful scale-up and expansion of these existing sanctions,” she added. “And, of course, we are ready to take unprecedented additional steps with serious consequences for Russia.”

She didn’t elaborate on what the new sanctions would look like.

Also on Wednesday, Ukraine’s security and defense council secretary Alexei Danilov told news agency Reuters that there was no evidence that Moscow was preparing for an imminent aggression.

“Nothing has changed [over the last few days on the Russian-Ukrainian border]”Danilov said in an interview with the network. ” [Russia’s] The number of troops, but not important enough for us to say: this is it, it [an invasion] It will happen now, “he added.

The Von der Leyen warning will occur a few days after the Group of Seven (G-7) on December 12 issued a similar warning after holding a two-day summit in Liverpool, England.

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Foreign Minister G-7 and Minister of Development will pose for a group photo on December 12, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (OlivierDouliery / Pool via AP)

The head of foreign policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union told Russia, “De-escalate, pursue diplomatic routes and comply with international commitments to transparency in military operations. I asked you to do it .. “

“The use of any force to change borders is strictly prohibited under international law,” they said. “Russia is undoubtedly that further military aggression against Ukraine will have correspondingly enormous consequences and serious costs.”

Warnings are issued in the midst of heightened tensions over the accumulation of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border, which is seen as a sign of potential aggression.

Ukrainian officials have estimated that more than 90,000 Russian troops are gathering near the border of the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula and said they believe the attack is imminent. They have sought help from the United States and other countries to protect their borders.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied all Western accusations, saying it has no plans to attack Ukraine, and allegations of possible attacks are false.

“There is no basis for these claims,” ​​Valentina Matviyenko, chairman of the Russian Federation, told reporters earlier this month. “They are lies, nonsense, it’s dirty politics.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

from NTD News

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