The Twenty-count on Friday with a new package of sanctions in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. The new High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini has advanced today that the European Commission has almost finalized its proposal and must approve the Member States at the end of the week. ” We need to respond to the hardest way possible,” he assured the European Parliament Mogherini hitherto considered too complacent with Russia in his term as Italian Foreign Minister.

Representatives of the Twenty-eight states met yesterday to finalize the mandate given by the Heads of State and Government at the Summit last Saturday: expand sanctions already in place within a week. Mogherini explained, in his first appearance in the European Parliament after being named by European leaders that these new sanctions will include broadening the scope of those decided in late July and affect four sectors: financial, defense, civilian use and military and technology needed for the energy sector. Will also continue to swell the list of people and companies in the EU vetoed.

“Things on the ground are increasingly dramatic. We speak of an attack and I think that sanctions are part of a political strategy, “he said before describing the situation as” a time of utter darkness. ” It has also been shown to blunt the consequences of this crisis in relations with Russia. ” Now it is over a partnership or strategic, decision by Moscow,” admitted the still minister, who was appearing as a member of the Italian government, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU shift. Mogherini added that the Ukrainian crisis and its implications are ” of paramount concern ” for EU citizens.

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