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 NATO parliamentarians called for tougher sanctions against Russia

NATO governments should consider tougher economic sanctions if Moscow fails to respect a cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

Lawmakers from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly said Saturday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the information posted on the Organization's website, the demand "to toughen these sanctions if Russia fails to meet its obligations" was expressed in the draft resolution approved by the NATO PA's Economics and Security Committee.

Existing sanctions should be maintained as long as Russia fails to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire agreement signed in the capital of Belarus in February.

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The draft says NATO governments should provide "comprehensive support" to the Ukrainian government and seek to weaken Russia's economic leverage by reducing Europe's reliance on Russian oil and gas.

However, NATO PA members stressed that the West wanted to maintain communications with Moscow despite the tensions over Ukraine and, more recently, Russia's military action in Syria.

NATO should try to "re-vitalise the vision of a Europe whole and free in which Russia finds a constructive role," the draft resolution reads.

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In another draft resolution adopted by the NATO PA Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security, the deputies urge NATO and the European Union to more rapidly respond to blatant cases of disinformation.

The parliamentarians from NATO nations expressed alarm on Saturday at Russia's use of hybrid warfare tactics and disinformation and warned the Alliance to boost its efforts to counter Kremlin propaganda.

"It is not just a virtual threat: hateful propaganda encourages the actual fighting in eastern Ukraine, and leads to lethal incidents inside Russia, such as the assassination of Boris Nemtsov," Polish deputy Witold Waszczykowski said.
 
 
 
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