Ursula von der Leonfoto: Vincent Kessler / Reuters
The new head of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen said about the need to keep anti-Russian sanctions in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
However, she noted that the European countries should seek dialogue with the Russian side. “For a long time we are witnessing a hostile attitude on the part of Russia that extends from the infringement of international law, such as the annexation of the Crimea, to attempt as much as possible to divide Europe. The Kremlin does not forgive any weakness,” said von der Leyen.
The EC President added that the US and the EU should unite against the common enemy, not to deal with them separately from each other.
The European Parliament has approved Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen to the post of head of the European Commission July 16. Her candidacy was supported 383 deputies, against have voted 327 members of Parliament. Von der Leyen became the first woman at the head of the EC.
Crimea became part of Russia according to the results of a referendum held in March 2014. Ukraine, USA, EU members and other countries do not recognize its results and consider the presence of the Peninsula as part of Russia’s occupation. Moscow insists that the process of the annexation of Crimea meets standards of international law.
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