EU weighs new sanctions on Russia for “series of attacks”

20:19, 16 December 2021
EU weighs new sanctions on Russia for “series of attacks” Photo: Sergei Bulkin/NEWS.ru

The leaders of the European Union are discussing new sanctions on Russia amid the continuing and growing tensions between the west and Russia.

The US, EU, and NATO are currently all on high alert amid fears that the Russian Federation is planning to invade Ukraine.

"We really are facing a series of attacks. I see them all as associated," Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said in a statement.

The attacks that he talked about are the migrant crisis at the border of Poland and Belarus, high prices on gas, and disinformation on various topics coming from Russia.

Over a hundred thousand Russian troops are currently deployed on the border with Ukraine.

Russia itself states that this is a response to NATO’s expansion into post-Soviet countries. 

"We see no sign that this build-up is stopping or slowing down. On the contrary, it continues," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

He said that Russian "combat-ready troops, tanks, artillery, armoured units, drones (and) electronic warfare systems" are all present at the border with Ukraine.

Among the possible sanctions are those that would target Russia’s banking system that will make it unable to operate by disconnecting it from the SWIFT payment system.

Despite the talks with Biden and the continuing threats the situation is not getting any better.

"We are probably facing the most dangerous situation in the last 30 years. I am talking about not only Ukraine but the eastern flank of NATO," Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in a statement.