The European Council asked the EC to prepare new sanctions against Russia within a week
On Saturday, August 30, at the meeting of the European Council, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union asked the European Commission (EC) to draw up new Russia sanction proposals in view of the serious escalation of the situation in Ukraine. It is also planned to expand the list of individuals and legal entities subject to certain restrictions due to their involvement in destabilisation of the situation in Eastern Ukraine.
“We are extremely concerned about the aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, continuous fights and inflows of fighters and weapons from the Russian Federation,” Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma emphasised. She acknowledged EU’s common support to Ukraine.
After the address by Ukrainian President Poroshenko the European Council underlined the importance of implementing every step of President’s peace plan. The Heads of State and Government of the EU Member States called for an immediate halt to the flow of arms, material and military personnel from the Russian Federation into Ukraine, urgent release of all hostages and re-establishment of Ukrainian control over its border. The European Council also emphasised the necessity to support any humanitarian aid and facilitate the work of international humanitarian organisations.
The European Council also reiterated the urgent need for a sustainable political solution based on respect for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and independence.
The European Council welcomed the measures taken by the EC to stabilise the EU agricultural and food markets in order to alleviate the effects of the Russian import restrictions on certain EU agricultural products. A discussion on further measures is planned during the meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council next week.
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