The European Union is preparing further sanctions on Russia due to “the Kremlin’s recklessness towards citizens (including) women, children (and) men,” the European Commission President said Monday.
Speaking in Brussels ahead of a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Ursula von der Leyen said: “We are going to discuss, of course, the situation in Ukraine, the atrocious war led by Putin.” The two leaders will also discuss the a “new enforcement package,” she added.
“We had three packages of hard-hitting sanctions already, but now we have to make sure that there are no loopholes and that the effect of the sanctions is maximized,” von der Leyen said.
She added: “The sanctions in place are really biting. We see the downward turbulences in the Russian economy.”
Von der Leyen, also said the EU has to “get rid of the dependency on Russian gas, oil and coal,” and will present proposals tomorrow on ways the bloc can diversify its energy supply away from Russia.
Zelensky demands more sanctions: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a new video statement Monday demanding a tougher package of international sanctions on Russia.
“If the invasion is continuing and Russia didn’t abandon its plans against Ukraine, it means a new sanctions package is needed. New sanctions, new sanctions steps against war and for peace.”
“In particular, the rejection of oil and petroleum products from Russia. This can be called an embargo. Or just morality — when you refuse to give money to a terrorist,” he said.