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 European Parliament supports strengthening of sanctions against Russia in the event of further aggression

The European Parliament supports the strengthening of sanctions against Russia in the nuclear and financial sectors in case of its further aggression against Ukraine.

The draft resolution was supported at the meeting of the European Parliament, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

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"The European Parliament in the case of any further Russia's actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine, invites the European Council to take further restrictive measures, and to expand their range, this applies to the nuclear sector and limitation of the ability of the Russian companies to conduct international financial transactions," the resolution reads.

It is noted that the European Parliament still supports the continuation of the current sanctions regime as long as Russia does not fully begin to respect and implement the agreements reached in Minsk (Belarus) in Sept. 2014.

In addition, the resolution stresses the need to set a clear range of criteria under which sanctions can be lifted, in particular with regard to the implementation of the cease-fire, the withdrawal of all Russian troops and the illegal armed groups supported by Russia from Ukraine.

It is also noted that it is necessary to exchange all prisoners, including Nadia Savchenko - the Ukrainian officer (and the MP from the Batkivshchyna faction) arrested in Russia, and let Ukraine regain control over its entire territory including Crimea, annexed by Russia.

According to the resolution, the European Parliament condemns the acts of terrorism and criminal behavior of militants in eastern Ukraine and calls on Russia to use its influence on militants for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

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The European Parliament also calls on the Russian party to immediately stop delivering weapons, mercenaries and regular troops in support of the illegal armed groups.

At the same time, there is no paragraph in the resolution calling on the EU to include the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic" in the terrorist organizations list.

In addition, MEPs urged the EU to take advantage of lifting of the embargo and provide Ukraine with weapons, Ukrainska Pravda reports.

"The European Parliament reminds that the Council of the European Union has lifted the embargo on arms supplies to Ukraine on July 16, and thus no restrictions currently exist, including legal, for the Member States to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry on lend-lease," the document reads.

"The European Parliament considers that the EU should explore ways to support the government of Ukraine to strengthen its defense and protection of its borders based on the experience of the armed forces transformation by the States - members of the former Warsaw Pact, especially in the context of the envisaged trainings of the armed forces in other parts of the world; support the delivery of non-lethal equipment which is already underway," the resolution reads.

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European MPs also call on the European Commission to develop a strategy to fight the Russian propaganda.

"MEPs call on the EU to pay particular attention to the "information war" pursued by Russia and ask the Commission to propose, within two months, a communication strategy to counter the Russian propaganda campaign directed at the EU, its eastern neighbors and Russia itself," the resolution reads.

The European Parliament strongly condemns "the acts of terrorism and criminal behavior committed by the separatists and other irregular forces in Eastern Ukraine," the document notes.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n320037