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EU again threatens Russia with more sanctions

Jerome Hughes
Press TV, Brussels


EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warns of massive consequences for Russia if Moscow gives the green light for an invasion of Ukraine.

On Friday, EU foreign affairs and defense ministers concluded two days of talks which were dominated by the subject of Russia. They assert Moscow is preparing to invade Ukraine.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow's patience with the West has expired. The Kremlin demands an end to NATO's military buildup close to its borders and any idea of Ukraine joining the alliance to be ruled out. We have been asking EU citizens to give their views on the crisis.

The EU has donated more than 12 billion euro to the Ukrainian Government since 2014. A European Court of Auditors' report published last September showed how corruption in the country is rife at the highest levels.

During their talks EU foreign affairs ministers also discussed ongoing efforts to try and get the Iran nuclear deal back on track. France's Jean-Yves Le Drian told journalists after the meeting that negotiations in Vienna are moving much too slowly and a decision must be reached.

But back to Russia and the ministers claim they want more constructive dialogue with Moscow but impartial analysts are asking how can they be serious amid relentless anti-Russia rhetoric and the ongoing implementation of sanctions. 

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