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EU: Consider further sanctions against Russia on Russia-Ukraine conflict

Overseas Network November 28th According to Agence France-Presse reported that on the 27th local time, the Austrian side of the EU's rotating presidency said that the EU will consider further sanctions against Russia on the Russian-Uzbek conflict next month.

It is reported that Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneiss said that the EU will discuss the issue of further sanctions against Russia at the summit in December. She said that the EU will consider sanctions based on factual statements and further actions by both parties. According to the report, any further sanctions must be unanimously agreed by the EU. Given the differences in the positions of member states on Moscow, this will be tricky.

The report pointed out that several EU member states stated that they support further sanctions against Russia. Among them, Polish President Andre Duda held a positive attitude toward the sanctions. He said that if such sanctions are imposed, Poland will join. In addition, Estonian Defense Minister Luik also issued a tough statement that sanctions may be the most powerful way to show our seriousness to the Russian leadership. However, the report also mentioned that Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini explicitly opposed economic sanctions against Moscow and advocated dialogue to resolve the conflict.

On November 25, in the Kerch Strait (the junction of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea), three Ukrainian naval vessels attempted to enter the port of Mariupol and were intercepted by Russian border guards. The exchange of fire between the two sides of the ship, the Ukrainian ship was captured by the Russian border guards, and the relationship between Russia and Ukraine has intensified. Ukrainian President Poroshenko announced on the 26th that the country entered a 30-day wartime state from 9:00 on November 28.

For this conflict, many parties stand for each other. The Russian side stated that the Ukrainian move is provocative. However, the Ukrainian side believes that the country does not recognize Crimea as a Russian territory and calls on allies and partners to contain Russia by adopting new sanctions and strengthening existing sanctions. In addition, the Crimean authorities stated that the incident was the result of deliberate provocation by the West. The NATO side said that the US-led NATO fully supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The contradiction between Russia and Ukraine has been around for a long time. After the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014, Uzbekistan's relations have deteriorated due to the conflict in Crimea and the conflict in Donbas. It is reported that after the crisis broke out, Crimea and Sevastopol held a referendum, and more than 90% of voters agreed to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Ukraine still believes that Crimea is its territory and is temporarily occupied. In addition, Ukraine pursues a Western policy, trying to join the EU and NATO, while the United States continues to expand its supply of weapons to Ukraine.

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