Members of the European Parliament adopted a special resolution in which they expressed their deep concern about the actions of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine. – In the event of an invasion of Ukraine, the European Union must respond with severe sanctions, including the immediate suspension of oil and gas imports from Russia – the members of the European Parliament stressed.

– In the event that armament leads to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union must make it clear that the consequences of such violations of international law and standards will be severe – members of the European Parliament agreed.

Such a scenario should lead to the immediate suspension of oil and gas imports from Russia into the European Union, the exclusion of Russia from the SWIFT payment system, as well as the freezing of assets and the cancellation of visas to Europe for all oligarchs associated with the Russian government, the members of the European Parliament demanded. The decision was taken by 569 votes against, 67 votes against, and 46 abstentions.

Parliamentarians also expressed dissatisfaction with information according to which Russian intelligence services caused the explosion of an arms depot in Vorbitis in the Czech Republic in 2014, killing two Czechs. – Members of the European Parliament expressed their deep solidarity with the nation and authorities of the Czech Republic, as well as their strong support for this country regarding the diplomatic conflict with Russia and the expulsion of embassy staff from both countries – the politicians declared.

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They renewed their call for the immediate and unconditional release of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, whose conviction was “politically motivated and contrary to Russia’s international human rights obligations.”

MEPs stressed that the Russian authorities, including President Vladimir Putin, personally bear full responsibility for Navalny’s health.

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