EU Agrees to Renew Sanctions on Russia

The leaders of the European Union (EU) countries agreed on Thursday (16/12) to renew economic sanctions previously imposed on Russia in response to Ukraine’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
The heads of government of the 27 EU member states also urged Moscow to stop deploying its military forces near the border with Ukraine. They urged Russia to return to talks in talks led by France and Germany. Ekonomi Rusia

What are the leaders in Brussels saying?
EU leaders meeting in Brussels agreed for six months to renew an existing set of economic sanctions aimed at putting pressure on Moscow. The sanctions, which were originally implemented in 2014, target Russia’s energy, banking and defense sectors.

In a joint statement signed at the meeting, the leaders insisted that this is an “urgent need for Russia to reduce tensions caused by its military buildup along its border with Ukraine and reduce aggressive rhetoric.”

In a meeting of foreign ministers held on Monday (13/12), the EU has also added the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary company, to the sanctions list. Berita politik dan ekonomi Rusia

The leaders reiterated the message coordinated with the United States, the United Kingdom and the G7 countries stating that any further military aggression against Ukraine will be met with grave and costly consequences, these consequences including restrictive actions coordinated with their partners.

NATO offers cooperation with Russia
Meanwhile NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday set the prerequisites for working with Russia on a new security proposal. NATO has offered to work with Moscow to build new trust between them if it helps ease tensions with Ukraine.

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Russia has submitted a draft document outlining the security arrangements it wants to negotiate with the United States and its NATO allies. There were no details on this, but the Kremlin said a senior Russian envoy was ready to go to discuss the proposal in a neutral country.

Stoltenberg said that NATO had received the document, and “that any dialogue with Russia needs to take into account NATO’s concerns about Russia’s actions.” Politik Rusia

Back to Normandy Format?
Both German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron said the door to discussions was still open for Moscow.

They urged a return to the Normandy Format, the four-way dialogue between Paris, Berlin, Kyiv and Moscow, to put the 2015 Minsk accords into practice. Politik Indonesia

“We have a very good format, the Normandy Format, which we want to reactivate, re-energize,” Scholz told reporters. “It’s not going to be easy, we can’t be naive, and we have to be very clear on border integrity.”

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