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Lawmakers sound concern regarding EU foreign policy

Jerome Hughes

Press TV, Brussels

Dissenting views are expressed in the European Parliament regarding EU foreign policy. Support was expressed for Ukraine during a debate in the parliament but the bloc's own citizens should not be neglected in the process, several legislators warned. Jerome Hughes reports from Brussels:

The heads of the main EU institutions defended the 27-nation bloc's foreign policy during a debate in the European Parliament on Wednesday. They insisted that sending deadly weapons to Ukraine, costing billions of euro, is the only way to thwart Russia. Most lawmakers agree but not all.

Interest rates continue to rise in the eurozone and inflation remains extremely high. Sanctions against Moscow and the rapid move away from Russia's energy are the main reasons.

Experts warn public support in the EU for the seemingly never-ending cash flow to Ukraine will eventually wane if the war persists, resulting in political consequences.

In an unprecedented departure from diplomacy on Wednesday, the European Council President Charles Michel accused authorities in Iran of operating a "brutal regime." He says more sanctions against Tehran will be announced on Monday. Some lawmakers oppose the policy.

By insisting that rioters in Iran are peaceful protesters, and by attempting to directly implicate the Islamic Republic in the Ukraine war, impartial analysts say the EU is being opportunistic, suggesting the new sanctions are trumped-up and politically motivated. 

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