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Navracsics: More sanctions may be justified

EU

The escalation of conflict in eastern Ukraine could justify imposing a third package of EU sanctions on Russia, Hungarian Foreign Minister Tibor Navracsics said. 

 “It is not the crash of the Malaysian airliner but the despair of EU countries over Russia’s failure to resolve the conflict and prevent the escalation of the crisis that can justify new sanctions,” Navracsics told public Kossuth Radio.

The EU foreign ministers have already decided to introduce a new round of sanctions, involving a full boycott of the financial and defence sectors as well as the delivery of sensitive and innovative technologies, he said.

Although economic ties between the EU and Russia, with each member state keeping its own interests in view, complicate the situation, the issue of sanctions has become a matter of consensus within the EU, Navracsics said.

While there is no direct proof for Russia’s legal responsibility for the crash, the Russian government bears political responsibility for the current situation as it continues to supply east Ukrainian separatists with military technology, he said.

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