The European Union (EU) has strongly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of separatist areas in eastern Ukraine and announced sanctions against all involved.
“Recognizing the two separatist areas in Ukraine is a blatant violation of international law, Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the Minsk Accords,” EU Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel said on Twitter on Monday.
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The joint statement of the two added: “The union will respond with sanctions against those involved in this illegal activity.”
The US government will respond to Russia’s decision with sanctions. White House spokesman Jen Psi said on Monday that US President Joe Biden would soon issue an order to that effect. These actions will affect the investments or trade of American individuals with a view to Donetsk and Luhansk.
In a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, Biden reiterated the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the White House said Monday. “President Biden reiterated that the United States, with its allies and partners, will respond quickly and decisively to the Russian aggression against Ukraine,” it said.
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Germany and France also announced a reaction to Donetsk and Luhansk strongly condemning Russian recognition. German government spokesman Stephen Hebstreet said on Monday evening that President Olaf Scholes, US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron had agreed in a conversation that there was a clear violation of the Minsk peace agreement for eastern Ukraine. This action will not go unanswered.
Scholz, Biden and Macron announced their solidarity with Ukraine and praised President Volodymyr Zelensky’s earlier cautious reaction, Hebestreit continued. “The partners agreed not to give up their commitment to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. At the same time, all efforts will be made to prevent the situation from deteriorating further.”
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Bearback has previously called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop gambling on human lives. Violation of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, among other things, led to a decline in water and electricity supplies there.
“This is the responsibility of the Russian government,” he said. She asked Moscow: “Come back to the negotiating table.”
Latvia and Lithuania for immediate countermeasures
At a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, Baltic EU countries such as Lithuania had already called for immediate sanctions against Moscow. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabriel Landsbergis has spoken out in support of a ban on people in Russia responsible for misinformation about the conflict in Ukraine.
His Latvian envoy, Edgars Rinkevics, called for immediate sanctions in view of the “escalating situation in the Donbass and the decision to withdraw Russian troops from Belarus.”
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The same was demanded by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, who attended the Brussels meeting. Guleba, who came to the Brussels meeting, demanded that the EU show its ability to take action by imposing at least some sanctions.
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Earlier in the day, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined in the ARD Sunday evening the arsenal of counter-measures available to the community in relatively clear terms. Van der Leyen said the sanctions, planned by the European Union and the United States, were “mainly aimed at disconnecting Russia from international financial markets.”
In his words, potential sanctions are “essential items for Russia to urgently modernize and diversify its economy, but they are manufactured by us, where we have global dominance and cannot change Russia”. This is true. To import high-tech products from the EU to Russia.
Additional financial credit to Ukraine
Anton Hofreiter, head of the European Commission in the Bundestag, believes that an end to the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2 is inevitable in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Everyone knows North Stream 2 is dead if there is an invasion,” the green politician told Tagesspiegel.
At the same time, Hofreiter spoke in support of expanding economic support to Kiev, given the threat posed to Ukraine by Russian cyber attacks. “Uncertainty among investors has already caused significant damage to the Ukrainian economy,” he justified.
“Therefore, both the federal government and the EU Commission must be prepared to further stabilize the Ukrainian economy.”
In Berlin, a government spokesman announced that the federal government and Ukraine were working to prepare additional uncollectible financial debt “at full speed”. However, it should be noted in particular that Ukraine needs to create the necessary legal conditions for the acceptance of planned loans, the spokesman said.
Among other things, this will require the advice of the Ukrainian parliament. “Depending on the parliamentary process in Ukraine, we expect payments to begin in a few months, probably in the second quarter of 2022,” the spokesman said.
During his visit to Kiev, President Olaf Scholes (SPD) pledged another 150 million euros unpaid financial loan to Ukraine. (with dpa, AFP)
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