Foreign ministers of the European Union will meet to discuss the possibility of increasing sanctions against Ukraine while also talking about how to help the country. The meeting will take place in Brussels, according to Federica Mogherini, EU foreign affairs chief.
Mogherini talked with Berlin reporters and said:
“Next week we will have a ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday and there will be a discussion there, but I would say not just on whether to increase the sanctions but most of all how to support Ukraine in these difficult times.”
Fights between government forces and pro-Russian separatists started again in the last week. Kiev now cites new evidence that Russia is supporting the rebels, even if a ceasefire was agreed on September 5 in Minsk. Russia is now denying being involved in the conflict and declared that it did not send weapons or troops in Eastern Ukraine.
Frank-Walter Steinmeiser, German Foreign Minister, declared:
“I hope we don’t return to a situation of two or three months ago with violent clashes and daily killings.”
This is one fear that most people in Ukraine have at the moment. It was added that there are troop movements that were noticed in the Ukrainian-Russian border. More fighting may appear in the following days.
Both the US and the EU imposed economic sanctions starting March against Russia, as the country seized Crimea. All the sanctions hurt the economy of the country and also, Western exporters were affected.
Mogherinie and Steinmeier both said that the sanctions do have an impact and that the Russian economy was seriously affected.