To try to stop the war in Ukraine, Europe is ready to step up sanctions against Moscow. “We have had three packages of measures. Now we will have to go ahead with a fourth, which will further isolate Russia from the global economic system and will pay an even clearer price than Putin’s invasion,” said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. at the end of the informal summit of the heads of state and government of the European Union in Versailles.
‘We are not at war with Russia on the ground. But if things continue like this on the military level, we will take further sanctions, ‘added French President Emmanuel Macron. Prime Minister Mario Draghi also spoke on the issue of sanctions. “They are very heavy and have been adopted by everyone without hesitation. They can be even heavier, the important thing is to be aware that they have an impact on families and businesses and, above all, for the maintenance of their production,” he said. “We must hit the Russian economy and make sure that Putin has fewer and fewer resources to finance this war,” Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on the sidelines of the Antalya diplomatic forum in Turkey.
And the President of the Chamber, Roberto Fico, also spoke of sanctions. “To defend democracy, something must be renounced. The sanctions? They are right, and for me they must also be tightened up, but the EU has to deal with planning with respect to the sanctions already passed. It is clear that they will lead to economic imbalances in our country as well. – added Fico – but the EU can and must cope with planning. To fight for democracy and freedom – concluded the Speaker of the Chamber, something must be renounced “.
On the military level, American Vice President Kamala Harris announced that “there are 2,000 American soldiers ready to defend NATO” and added that Putin has shown no signs of wanting to engage in serious diplomacy. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov denounces that Russian forces are preparing to fire from Ukraine against the territory of Belarus with the aim of dragging Minsk into the conflict. According to some sources, the bombing has already begun. The Ukrainian armed forces speak of “provocation” and the Kiev Parliament assures that the Ukrainian army has neither planned nor expected to take aggressive action against Belarus.
Ukrainian President Zelensky had an interview with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto: “We talked about the prospects for the peace negotiations. We must stop the war together. Thanks to Finland for supporting Ukraine in the fight against aggression. This is what we are saying. it is more important than ever. We must be united to end the humanitarian catastrophe caused by Russia, “Zelensky said. Spain is also willing, if necessary, to send more weapons to Ukraine, Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said.
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