Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the intention of the European Union to expand anti-Russian sanctions
Moscow has taken notice of the publication in Brussels of a joint letter by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, regarding restrictive measures against Russia, as well as media reports on a new package of anti-Russian sanctions agreed by the EU Permanent Representatives Committee.
In fact, the announcement of the forthcoming expansion of sanctions came as the EU’s first response to the meeting of the Contact Group on settling the Ukrainian crisis that took place in Minsk the day before, during which an agreement to move the whole country onto a peaceful track was reached.
In doing so, the EU has demonstrated that its leaders are still trapped in the mirror world of politics, since this move actually signals direct support to Kiev’s “war party,” which is less than happy with the outcome of the Minsk meeting.
The EU would be better off supporting Donbass’ economic revival and bringing normalcy back to the region instead of frantically seeking to put more strain on Russian and its own economies.
As for the new list of EU sanctions, Russian will not fail to retaliate if such measures are adopted.
6 September 2014