Donald Tusk was certain on Friday that the European Union would renew its economic sanctions against Russia in December after the incident between the Russian and Ukrainian navies in the Sea of Azov.
EU Heads of State and Government, to meet in Brussels on 13 and 14 December, will extend measures for the Russian defense, energy and financial sectors by one year response to the role attributed to Moscow in the separatist war in Ukraine, assured Donald Tusk on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
“Europe is united in its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, which is why the EU will renew sanctions against Russia in December,” said the President of the European Council .
Russian forces opened fire and boarded three Ukrainian warships on Sunday, accusing them of illegally crossing the Russian maritime border and failing to comply with the demands.
This new episode rekindled the tensions between Westerners, who support the Kiev government, and Russians, who annexed Crimea in 2014 and who support pro-Russian separatists active in eastern Ukraine.
Donald Tusk said the use of force against the Ukrainian navy was “totally unacceptable”.
The EU imposed its first sanctions against Russia after Moscow’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula in March 2014.
Since Sunday’s incident, some member states are calling for tougher sanctions, an option deemed highly unlikely.