EU: Russia warns it will pay the price for “aggression” against Ukraine

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Russian aggression against Ukraine will come at a cost, warned the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, however, avoiding to say clearly whether a Moscow move would trigger European sanctions against Russian Nord Stream gas pipeline 2.

The European Union (EU) wants Russia to escalate tensions by building an army on its border with Ukraine and the “27” are ready to step up sanctions in the event of an invasion, stressed Ursula von der Leyen, in a joint press conference with the new German Chancellor Olaf Solz in Brussels on Friday.

The President of the Commission said that The EU wants to have good relations with Russia, but that depends on Moscow’s attitude. “We want to de-escalate and stop all aggression against Russia’s neighbors,” he said. our partners (…) We want a good relationship with Russia, but that depends first and foremost on Russia’s behavior. “Russia is adopting a threatening attitude towards its neighbors and this undermines Europe’s security.”

Asked if sanctions could be imposed on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the president of the European Commission recalled that in June the European Council instructed the Commission to consider options for Russia “and now we have done it”. “Any aggression must have a price, so we will move these points to Russia, but we will not make them public,” he continued. “In general, it is important to say that energy cannot be a means of exerting pressure and that European energy security must be ensured,” he concluded.

Ολ. Soltz declined to say what the consequences of a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be.

Referring to gas, the new German chancellor said that Berlin considers it a “temporary solution” to its efforts to decouple the economy from coal. “Other countries have different goals. “We do not have an agreement yet, but everyone is discussing how to unite,” he said, when asked about differences with France over whether the EU should classify nuclear energy as “sustainable”.

Solz also stressed that the new German government clearly has a pro-European agenda and that Europe must remain united and act to tackle the health crisis. He added that he believes that the big challenge for Europe will be the modernization of industry.

Sources: Reuters, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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