European leader confirm their adherence to sanctions prolongation: NATO and EU leaders: The pressure with sanctions against Russia must be kept in force
Politics13:26 Oct. 12, 2016

NATO and EU leaders: The pressure with sanctions against Russia must be kept in force

However, a dialog with the Russian side must remain to avoid a new wave of Cold War

On October 10, the German city of Passau hosted a panel discussion about the future of Europe "Menschen in Europa" with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

They all called for the extension of sanctions against Russia because of the latter's activities in eastern Ukraine and Syria.

At the same time, Schulz said that the EU's goal is to keep the channel for dialogs open with the Russians in order to avoid the situation when Russia becomes a pariah.

Tusk also stated that normal relations with Russia are a priority, but the sanctions must be prolonged because the purpose of the restrictions hasn't been reached yet.

Read also Russian aggression impact on Ukraine is to be discussed in PACE

Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament raised concerns over the rapid expansion of Kremlin-inspired propaganda and noted that Russia uses multiple tools to challenge European democratic values and divide Europe. The MEPs propose that Europe should not respond to it with counter-propaganda but instead use positive messaging, awareness raising and education to increase the information literacy amongst EU citizens.

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