Expert: New EU Sanctions Against Russia to Be Purely ‘Symbolic’

The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely "symbolic," the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely “symbolic,” the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely “symbolic,” the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said Thursday.

“Even if the new sanctions are introduced, it looks like these will be vain and more symbolic than substantive decisions,” Aleksei Gromyko said during a video-linkup organized by the International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya.

“One can only hope that common sense prevails and the EU countries understand that the time for sanctions has passed and all countries should [concentrate on] rescuing one of the largest countries in Europe, Ukraine,” he said.

Ukraine is currently facing “a catastrophic scenario” this winter and may not survive by the end of the year,” Gromyko said. “Only joint efforts can save the country,” he added.

Earlier this month, the European Union agreed on expanding the so-called sectoral sanctions against Russia. The imposition of the new sanctions has been postponed pending an assessment of the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace plan in Ukraine.

The Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper) failed to agree on the imposition of new sanctions on Wednesday. The discussion is expected to resume on Thursday.

The European Union and the United States have already imposed several rounds of economic sanctions over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict. The Russian side reacted by introducing a year-long ban on certain food imports from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway.

At the EU Summit held in Brussels on August 30, European leaders urged the European Commission to create proposals for more sanctions against Russia within a week. However, the EU member states remained divided and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico called on Brussels to put off imposing new sanctions against Russia.

 

 

 

Russia’s New Package of Retaliatory Measures to Western Sanctions Ready: Kremlin

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

Topic: Russia Responds to Western Sanctions

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow has prepared a new package of retaliatory measures to Western sanctions, that include restrictions on imports of cars and textile products, but hopes that common sense will prevail, a senior Kremlin official told RIA Novosti Thursday.

“There is a whole range of non-agricultural products that make our, first of all European, partners dependent on us,” he said. “For example, imports of cars, primarily second-hand cars, as well as certain types of textile products that we are quite capable of producing on our own. Not all of them, but certain kinds,” presidential aide Andrei Belousov told RIA Novosti on the sidelines of the Samara economic forum.

“The Russian ministry of economic development has already prepared a list of these goods, but I hope that common sense will prevail and we will not have to introduce these restrictive measures,” he said.

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

The European Union and the United States have implemented several rounds of economic sanctions over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict.

On Monday, the European Union officially adopted a new round of sanctions against Russia, but the measures did not come into force yet.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and said that sanctions “threaten international peace and stability” and run counter to the principles of international law.

 

EU Moves Against Peace Process in Ukraine with New Russian Sanctions: Moscow

Relations between Russia and the EU have deteriorated with the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, as western governments imposed economic sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of aiding independence supporters in eastern regions of the country.

Relations between Russia and the EU have deteriorated with the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, as western governments imposed economic sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of aiding independence supporters in eastern regions of the country.

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – The European Union has chosen against peace process in Ukraine by approving new sanctions against Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

“By making this step, the European Union has practically made its choice against the peaceful settlement of the internal crisis in Ukraine whose support is expected from all responsible forces in Europe,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Brussels and leaders of EU member-countries must explain clearly to EU citizens why they are putting them at risk of confrontation, economic stagnation and job losses,” the statement said.

On Thursday, the European Council officially unveiled additional sanctions against Russia adopted by the 28-member European Union earlier this week.

According to an EC statement, the strengthened sanctions will affect Russia’s energy, finance and defense sectors, as well as 24 individuals allegedly “involved in actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” including several Russian decision-makers and oligarchs.

Earlier today, Russia’s Ambassador to EU Vladimir Chizhov said that by imposing new restrictive measures on Russia the European Union ignores the de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine and forces Russia to take certain counter-measures

The European Union and the United States have implemented several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict.

The total number of individuals subject to Western sanctions now stands at 119.

Russia responded to Western sanctions by imposing a one-year ban on the import of certain food products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway in August.