Europe Sanctions Against Russia Should Remain Unchanged

Sanctions Against Russia Should Remain Unchanged

Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, center, speaks with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, left, during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. European Union nations are working to find funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa and streamline a common approach in dealing with the health crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, center, speaks with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, left, during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. European Union nations are working to find funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa and streamline a common approach in dealing with the health crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The European Union should not ease its sanctions against Russia at this point, given the situation in Ukraine, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Monday.

“I don’t think we should … decrease the pressure right now,” Lidegaard said prior to the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.
“We still have accidents, we still have unacceptable behavior by the Russian Federation, so we should be exactly where we are with the high pressure,” he added.
However, the Danish foreign minister noted that efforts were made to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner via negotiations.
A European diplomat also told RIA Novosti on Monday that European Council permanent representatives will meet on October 28 to discuss the effectiveness of the sanctions against Russia at a Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) meeting.
The European Union, alongside the United States, has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, targeting certain individuals and whole sectors of the Russian economy, mainly the country’s largest banks, defense and energy companies.