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 Existing EU sanctions against Russia to be extended without doubt, MEP Harms says

Member of the European parliament and President of The Greens–European Free Alliance group in the European parliament Rebecca Harms, known for her harsh criticism of Moscow's actions in Ukraine, believes that the European Union will extend sanctions against Russia.

As reported by Censor.NET, the MEP said in an interview with DW.

Rebecca Harms said she was still convinced that the introduction of economic and personal sanctions after the annexation of Crimea and the war waged in the Donbas was the right move. She added that the Europeans, who cast doubt on this, behaved irresponsibly, because it was impossible to keep good relations with Russia after events in Ukraine. The MEP stressed that she advocated a diplomatic rather than a military solution adding however that the diplomacy had to be backed by concrete actions.

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According to the politician, the EU diplomacy must be based on sanctions in this case.

The MEP said she had no doubt that the existing sanctions would be extended. However, it was hard for her to say which decision would be made on the backdrop of the recent developments in Syria but she was convinced that the war crimes committed in Aleppo could not be tolerated. Rebecca Harms also placed responsibility for atrocities in Syria on Russia, President Bashar al-Assad, and Iran stressing that these actions should face harsh response.

The MEP believes that the EU should use its economic leverage to force Russia contribute to a diplomatic solution to this conflict.

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