The statement that the European Union is preparing a full set of sanctions against Russia is a continuation of the escalation of the situation. This was announced on Thursday, December 16, to Izvestia by the first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, Alexei Chepa.
“This is a continuation of whipping up the situation before [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s conversation with [American leader Joe] Biden. And they cannot stop everything abruptly. They get on the brakes and gradually continue their policy of threats. President Putin said that Russia was not going to attack anyone and would not attack anyone. If there are military provocations, of course, we will answer. And these sanctions will not affect anything, ”he said.
Earlier that day, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the EU is preparing a full set of sanctions against Russia.
The day before, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Russia would face serious economic sanctions from the United Kingdom and the G7 in general in the event of an “invasion of Ukraine”.
On the same day, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the European Union is ready, in cooperation with partners, including the United States, to expand sanctions against the Russian Federation in the event of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine. At the same time, the head of the European Commission stressed that the EU wants good relations with Russia, but “everything depends on its actions.”
On December 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that there was no Russian invasion of Ukraine and could not be. He stressed that what Russia is carrying out on its territory, the West does not concern. So he commented on the information of foreign media about the transfer of armed forces within the Russian Federation.
Articles about the allegedly possible Russian invasion have repeatedly appeared in the Western media. So, on November 19, The New York Times reported that the US administration had warned the allies about the alleged plans of the Russian Federation to attack the territory of Ukraine and called for new anti-Russian measures to be prepared.
In turn, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stressed that the West is artificially whipping up hysteria with its statements. According to him, provocations are not ruled out, and the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance should stop “pumping up Ukraine with modern weapons.”