None of the countries of the European Union has not proposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the situation in Syria. About it October 17, said EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini. Meanwhile it became known that at the EU summit on 20-21 October in Brussels one of the topics of discussion may become Russia’s intervention in the internal European policy.
His statement made Mogherini upon arrival at the meeting of the EU Council at the level of foreign Ministers in Luxembourg, reports TASS. “Today no country in the EU has not proposed sanctions against Russia on Syria, although there have been many statements in the media. None of our meetings this issue was not raised. However, we have sanctions against the Syrian regime,” – said the representative of the EU.
Mogherini added that considers it necessary to “use all available political means”, not just sanctions. “Today the main topic will be the situation in Syria. I will offer some ideas how to work for a better future for Syria. We will do this together with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura, who was invited to today’s meeting. The EU is not involved in military operations in Syria, and I am proud of it, but we support all initiatives to end the fighting,” – said the EU high representative for foreign Affairs.
Last week, American newspaper the Wall Street Journal, citing a senior diplomatic source in the EU saidthat Germany is considering the introduction of additional EU sanctions against Russia in response to Russia’s actions in Syria. The interlocutor of the edition noted that with additional restrictive measures in Berlin hoping to force Moscow to change its course in the Arab country.
In addition, the foreign Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson and the head of the U.S. Department of state John Kerry said negotiations in London that London and Washington are considering imposing sanctions against Syria and Russia due to the aggravation of the situation around Aleppo. The head of the British foreign Ministry noted that possible restrictive measures will be economic in nature.
The meeting in London was held without the participation of the Russian side on the day after the negotiations in Lausanne, where Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were present. At negotiations in the Swiss city was announced, several ideas to resolve the Syrian conflict, but overall the meeting was to no avail.
Meanwhile, the newspaper Financial Times reported that at the EU summit, which will take place on 20-21 October in Brussels, will discuss Russia’s intervention in European domestic policy. Senior EU diplomats told the newspaper that it will be about the secret financing of Russian extreme right-wing and populist parties in Europe. According to the interviewees FT, the intelligence services of “several” countries are investigating possible links Russia with the European marginal political movements.
For reasons of security and for political reasons the intelligence data are not distributed centrally between the countries-EU members. According to the diplomat, participated in the preparation of the Brussels negotiations, found evidence that the suspicions against Russia of involvement in the intervention in the internal Affairs of the EU was justified. “This is a serious concern. It becomes a constant cause for concern. We are talking about the level of awareness of the situation. We have no tools to operate centrally,” – said the source publication.