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 EU Considers Expanding of Sectoral and Economic Sanctions Against Russia - Foreign Ministry

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Tightening of sectoral and economic sanctions against Russia but not a complete cessation of political cooperation can be expected from the European Union.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Policy and Communications Director Oleksii Makeiev stated on air of Channel 5, Censor.NET reports citing RBK-Ukraina.

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Answering the question whether the European Union is ready to introduce tougher sanctions against Russia, including the complete cessation of political cooperation, Makeev said: "I do not think that a complete cessation of political cooperation is meant, for diplomacy rests on the fact that it is necessary to talk with each other. But it is absolutely right - and these messages have already been voiced by the European capitals and Brussels that today the EU is seriously thinking on expanding sanctions against Russia."

Makeiev noted that this entails further sectoral and economic sanctions, which have the greatest impact on the Russian economy. However, he said that neither the EU nor Ukraine need the sanctions themselves - it is just one way to make the Russian Federation to return to a civilized track.

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Makeiev said that the EU can be expected to strengthen the economic impacts, including the shutdown of Russia from SWIFT - the international system of financial transactions and information transmission.

"I think that this option is also considered although it is rather difficult to implement because it is, first and foremost, a private company that conducts these transactions. But the EU is considering every possible option. But it is not so important what specific sanctions will be introduced. The main idea is that these sanctions should encourage Russia to actions, not promises, as well as the suspension of the destructive actions of the Russian Federation, which the entire world is talking about," the Foreign Ministry representative stated.

He noted that all the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities are aimed today at returning the territory of Ukraine under the full control of the central government.

Earlier, Ukraine urged the EU to tighten sanctions against Russia because of the "elections" in the Donbas.

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that sanctions against Russia will be discussed at the EU foreign ministers meeting Nov. 17.

Read also: EU to Discuss New Sanctions Against Russia on Nov. 17

 
 
 
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