PM: EU united on more sanctions

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said that the expansion of current sanctions against Russia in response to its apparent full-scale invasion of coastal Ukraine is “Europe’s only solution, because nobody wants to get involved in the military conflict,” speaking to Latvian Public Television’s morning news program Rīta Panorāma.

Having attended the European Council’s weekend leaders’ summit which discussed options for what to do now that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is escalating, Straujuma stressed that “all states supported further sanctions, none voted against or abstained," despite later expressions of skepticism from Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Cyprus.

She said the discussions were drawn-out and difficult because each member-state, including Latvia, is weighing the effects of sanctions on its own national economy.

Yet “all agree on sanctions in the absence of other solutions, because no one is prepared to get involved in a military conflict,” she noted.

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