Watson: EU must step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Sir Graham Watson MEPLiberal Democrat MEP and Foreign Affairs Spokesman Sir Graham Watson has urged the EU to step up sanctions against Russia in order to de-escalate the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine.

Commenting, Sir Graham said:

“The lack of a firm response from the EU over the seizure of Crimea seems to have encouraged the Russian government to continue acting with impunity as it now seeks to destabilise Eastern Ukraine.

“The EU can now prove itself by increasing the number of people and entities to whom targeted sanctions apply and by speeding up the work of the European Commission in identifying potential economic sanctions.

“Failure to act now would have grave consequences not only for the stability and security of Ukraine, but for that of other countries in Russia’s near abroad with significant Russian-speaking minorities.”

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