Europe must be prepared to impose severe sanctions against Russia, should Moscow decide to invade Ukraine. That says Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren in Trouw. “Any action from the EU will really hurt. That message has to be clear,” said Ollongren.
Russia has recently concentrated tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, much to the dismay of the West. The United States accuses Moscow of preparing an invasion, but the Kremlin vehemently denies it. Several top-level consultations last week did not lead to a breakthrough in the conflict.
Ollongren calls the situation “worrying and unpredictable” and emphasizes that the main focus should be on talks with the Russians. But in addition to the willingness to talk, as far as the minister is concerned, Europe must also “have that sanction package ready if necessary”.
Ollongren does not want to make any statements about what that package should look like: “As far as the precise content is concerned, it is better to discuss it privately for the time being.” Current European sanctions against Russia, including a ban on trade in all possible defense equipment and a restriction on banking with the EU, were extended this week.
Ollongren: Severe sanctions for Russian invasion of Ukraine
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