US News The EU is raising its tone against Russia in Ukraine

23:35  02 march  2021
23:35  02 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Moscow warns EU of new sanctions

 Moscow warns EU of new sanctions Russia's EU ambassador Vladimir Chizhov has made an urgent appeal to the Europeans. Should there be further punitive measures against his country, "we will be prepared to answer," said Tschischow. © DW / Nemtsova Russia's EU ambassador Tschischow made serious accusations against the Europeans in an interview.

The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russia , which will expire on January 31, 2020, the EU Council said on Thursday. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel “updated” the European Council on 12 December on the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, “to which the decision on maintaining sanctions is linked,” the statement says. The EU imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014 over the events in Ukraine , and the restrictive measures have been repeatedly extended and expanded ever since.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union has prolonged sanctions against Russian individuals and entities over Ukraine crisis for another six months, until 15 March 2020 Russia , for its part, stressed that Crimea reunited with the country via a peaceful democratic referendum and in accordance with the international legal framework. Moscow also denied any involvement in the civil war that started in Ukraine , yet the EU has prolonged anti - Russian sanctions several times since then.

Le président du Conseil européen Charles Michel et le président ukrainien Volodymyr Zelensky, à Shchastya dans la région de Louhansk, dans le Donbass, le 2 mars 2021. © via REUTERS - PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE The President of the European Council Charles Michel and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in Shchastya in the Luhansk region, in the Donbass, on the 2 March 2021.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, is continuing his tour this week in the countries of the eastern neighborhood

of the European Union, after Georgia, then Moldova, he arrived today in Ukraine, and he went directly to the front line in Donbass, together with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Charles Michel was thus able to gather the concerns of the Ukrainian authorities, who noted an upsurge in fighting recently, and he took the opportunity to raise his voice towards Russia.

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Ukraine blamed rebels for the attack. There was uncertainty over the position of the new Greek government - a Russian ally which says it wants to avoid a rift between the EU and Russia . But writing in popular tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, Andrey Baranov suggests that instead of risking confrontation over Russia , Athens "may trade its loyalty to Brussels for the write-off of part of its foreign debt". State-owned daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta argues that EU plans to step up sanctions are a continuation of war on Russia and have nothing to do with resolving the situation in Ukraine .

The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine , drawing a rebuke and a warning of retaliation from Russian officials. An EU statement released on Monday said the decision was taken without debate by the bloc’s foreign ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg, in response to “ Russia ’s destabilising role in eastern Ukraine ”. The sanctions include limits to access on some financial markets, a ban on certain technologies and exchanges between the bloc and Russia in energy and defence

With our correspondent in Kiev, Stéphane Siohan

This is the first time that Charles Michel has visited Donbass, the scene of the only war on the European continent, and his visit comes after the Ukrainian army has just lost in February 11 soldiers, victims of bombardments or anti-personnel mine explosions, the highest death toll since the establishment of a ceasefire in August 2020.

“It's a shameful reality, people continue to die in this conflict ”, declared the President of the European Council, during a speech with the Ukrainian Head of State, in the small town of Shchastya, on the front line, where the separatists refuse to open a crossing point, despite the commitments made by Russia in December 2019.

Charles Michel recalled Europe's support for Ukraine's territorial sovereignty, he called for a ceasefire, but he called for a ceasefire. also toughened the tone vis-à-vis Moscow, recalling firmly that "the R ussie was a stakeholder in this conflict, I quote, and not a mediator ”.

He stresses that Russia has not implemented the positive measures that Ukraine has already applied within the framework of the Minsk agreements, and that as long as this is the case, European sanctions against Moscow will remain in place.

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