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Ukraine is pressing the European Union to impose tougher sanctions on Russia over alleged human rights abuses. Some EU lawmakers, however, say the EU doesn’t want to start a new Cold War with Russia.
The seventh meeting of the so-called Ukraine Association Council has just taken place in Brussels. The delegation that travelled from Kiev used the opportunity to encourage the EU to ramp up its sanctions against Moscow.
Russia denies claims it is trying to destabilize Ukraine and asserts its right to protect what it sees as legitimate regional interests. Just like several other nations surrounding Russia, the EU would like Ukraine to join its 27-nation bloc.
The EU regularly reminds us of its values, but critics say the bloc is often willing to look the other way in pursuit of its ambitions to further expand and to isolate Russia. After all, Ukraine is consistently ranked one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
The EU needs Russia. The European Commission's own website says two-thirds of the EU's oil imports come from Russia as do three-quarters of its gas imports. A new pipeline from Russia to Germany, which is 90 percent complete, is set to double the EU's gas imports. We don't need a new Cold War, many argue.
Earlier this week, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell attracted scathing criticism in the European Parliament: "High representative Borrell, you should resign."
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