Reding: Sanctions against Russia are needed

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Speaking at the EPP Congress in Dublin, EU Justice Commissioner Vivianne Reding said that EU leaders are 'right' about imposing sanctions against Russia. “There is a sacrosanct principle to leave the integrity of the states intact,” Reding added.

At an extraordinary summit last week, EU leaders denounced Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and threatened Moscow with sanctions if it did not take steps to “de-escalate” the crisis.

EU Leaders strongly condemned Russia's “unprovoked violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity", and called on Russia to immediately withdraw its armed forces and allow immediate access for international monitors.

Failing to do so, EU leaders threatened Moscow with sanctions, including travel bans and assets freeze, which could potentially hit Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Interviews organised with the help of Wilfried Martens Centre of European Studies


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