24 Feb 2022 11:59 am
EU Commission President von der Leyen has sharply condemned Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. She spoke of “an unprecedented act of aggression against a free, sovereign country”. At the same time, she announced further sanctions against Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is bringing “war back to Europe,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a first statement on Thursday morning in Brussels.
“We condemn this barbaric attack and the cynical arguments used to justify it.”
The military operation was “an unprecedented act of aggression against a free, sovereign country.” The EU stands by Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Russia’s goal is not only the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass, nor Ukraine. The goal is “stability in Europe and the entire international peace order”. Von der Leyen emphasized:
“And we will hold President Putin accountable for that.”
Brussels is planning new EU sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia’s military operation. Accordingly, new sanctions will affect Russian banks’ access to European financial markets. According to von der Leyen, Russian assets in the EU are also to be frozen. In addition, important sectors of the Russian economy are to be denied access to key technologies and markets.
The sanctions are designed to target the interests of the Kremlin and its ability to fund a war, von der Leyen added.
“I call on Russia to immediately stop the violence and withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine.”
You know that “millions of Russians don’t want a war”. The Russian President is trying to “turn the clock back to the times of the Russian Empire”. In this way he is endangering the future of the Russian people.
The sanctions will target strategic sectors of Russia’s economy. We will freeze Russian assets in the EU and stop access of Russian banks to our financial market.⁰This is designed to take a heavy toll on the Kremlin’s ability to finance war. pic.twitter.com/Gjz2jDlzM4
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 24, 2022
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