Compromises in matters of sanctions policy in the interests of business and to the detriment of international law and security can destroy the European Union as a civilizational institution.
Deputy Minister for the Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine George Tuka made a corresponding statement at a round table in parliament on June 11, commenting on the statements of the Italian government officials on the feasibility of easing sanctions against Russia because of the fact that Italy is affected by them as well, QHA correspondent reports.
According to him, today, unfortunately, a lot of European politicians are trying to stay in the comfort zone and seek an inappropriate compromise where tough and principled stand is needed in opposing Russian aggressor for the sake of security and stability in Europe as a whole. In particular, it is a question of talking about the possible easing of sanctions against Russia, imposed for the illegal occupation of Ukrainian territories, as the European countries that introduced them are affected by sanctions as well.
“There are certain basic postulates in Western European civilization: human rights, humanitarian law, respect for international law and internationally recognized borders. If we turn a blind eye to a gross violation of these fundamental principles for the sake of obtaining additional benefits for doing business, this can eventually lead to disastrous consequences for the existence of the European Union as a civilizational institution," he stressed.
Previously, Italy's Vice Prime Minister and leader of the Five Stars Movement Luigi Di Maio said that the sanctions that had been imposed against the Russian Federation for aggression against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of the Crimea are detrimental to Italy. The Vice Prime Minister noted that the final decision to impose a veto on the extension of sanctions against Russia at the international level will be taken by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Giuseppe Conte in turn stated that his government will seek revision of anti-Russian sanctions.
Russia is trying to get rid of sanctions imposed for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine or to soften them, appealing to the fact that sanctions are affecting those countries that have introduced them. Most European countries and politicians do not take this propaganda, agreeing that it is necessary to pay for security, and the losses from sanctions are just such a payment. At the same time, in some European countries, Russian propaganda finds understanding.
Earlier, the leaders of the G7 at the summit held June 8-9 in Quebec, Canada, signed a communiqué in which they announced their intention to impose new sanctions against Russia for the illegal annexation of the Crimea. The communique was not signed by the US President Donald Trump.