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Von der Leyen threatens Russia with “brutal sanctions” if it attacks Ukraine


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After the speech in Strasbourg by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, proposing that the EU offer to Russia a proposal for a continental security architecture, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said this Thursday in a special speech addressed to the Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) that if there were an aggression by Russia against Ukraine, the action would have very serious consequences. “We hope that the attack does not happen, but if it does, we are prepared. If there are more attacks on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, we will respond with brutal economic and financial sanctions.”

In addition to the meeting to be held this Friday in Geneva by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blink, and its Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, European foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday with the issue of tensions around the EU’s eastern border

as the main item on the agenda.

Possible discrepancies

It is expected that the plan laid out by the French president will be one of the points of analysis, although it is also likely that not all countries will agree with this point of view. Germany, which is one of the countries most directly involved in the possible sanctions, prefers to maintain for now a tougher policy towards Moscow.

What they all agree on is to keep these possible sanctions in a discreet package, to prevent Russia from taking preventive measures to circumvent them.

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