The European Parliament calls for tougher sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the expulsion of three European diplomats. This was stated by the head of the Christian Democratic faction in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, Deutsche Welle reports.
"It is necessary to use sanctions against Russia, which are now being considered," said Manfred Weber.
He stressed that the cash flows of Russian supporters of the Kremlin's power structures in the EU should be cut off and their accounts frozen.
Earlier, Russia expelled three diplomats from the Swedish, Polish, and German embassies from its territory for participating in unauthorized protests on January 23.
Meanwhile, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell also believes that there are many disagreements in the relations of Europe and Russia, including the position toward the situation in Ukraine.
“Our relations have been deteriorating during the past ten years, particularly, after the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia in 2014 and it is characterized by lack of confidence. Today, in fact, we perceive each other as rivals and competitors, not as partners. We have significant disagreements concerning the conflicts directly at our borders – from Ukraine and Belarus to Libya and Syria, and concerning the rights and freedoms of a human,” Borrell noted.