Prime Minister Stubb: Additional EU sanctions on Russia unavoidable in this situation
Authorised by the European Council, the EU Council's Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) has agreed on new restrictive measures against Russia. The measures relate to the four sectors decided on by the EU Foreign Ministers in their Council meeting last week.
"The crisis in eastern Ukraine has not de-escalated despite our efforts to find a negotiated solution. The situation left the EU countries with no other option than to reinforce the sanctions. In its conclusions at the end of June, the European Council called on Russia to take action to stabilise the situation in Ukraine but Russia has failed to promote positive developments in the area. It is regrettable, that the Union must introduce additional restrictive measures against Russia but it was now inevitable. We will naturally continue active efforts to exert influence both on the EU level and through bilateral discussions to resolve the crisis", Prime Minister Stubb said.