The European Union continues to call on Russia to de-escalate on the borders of Ukraine and is ready to apply large-scale coordinated sanctions in case of further aggression. This was stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference after the EU summit, which took place in Brussels on the night of December 17, reports Ukrinform.
"Our concern about the accumulation of Russian troops on Ukraine's eastern borders is well known. Our position is very clear: We continue to call on Russia to de-escalate tensions and refrain from any further aggression. So there should be no doubt - if Russia moves against Ukraine, the European Union will be able to invoke sanctions, which can have a significant price tag. We have done all the work in this sense," von der Leyen informed.
She stressed that Europe would like to have good relations with Russia, but that largely depends on Moscow's choice.
Ursula von der Leyen recalled that the European Commission had foreseen different ways of responding to a possible escalation, according to the instruction given by the European Council in June.
"As the situation developed already this month, it was necessary to coordinate efforts with partners, particularly our American friends. That process is ongoing, it's happening right now... This is very important, and it's a very clear message. We want good relations with Moscow, but it's up to them to de-escalate and make their choice. In case of further aggression, we are ready," the president of the European Commission stressed.