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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

State of EU-Russia relations (A8-0162/2015 - Gabrielius Landsbergis)

  Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE), in writing. ‒ I voted in favour and I support this resolution. Russia’s direct and indirect involvement in the armed conflict in Ukraine and its illegal annexation of Crimea, together with its violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia and its economic coercion and political destabilisation of its European neighbours, constitute a deliberate violation of democratic principles, fundamental values and international law. In this context, the EU cannot envisage a return to ‘business as usual’. It had to act.

On another note, the economic sanctions were one of the tools for use by the EU. They will damage Russia’s economy but not only Russia. In the medium and long term, sanctions will significantly harm some European SMEs as well. The EU must therefore make every effort to open up new markets for European SMEs.

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