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EU Parliament May Vote on New Anti-Russia Resolution on February 12

© REUTERS / Yves HermanPeople are pictured through a window at the European Parliament in Brussels.
People are pictured through a window at the European Parliament in Brussels. - Sputnik International
According to a Latvian parliamentarian, a new resolution calling for tighter anti-Russia sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis is likely to be put to a vote at the European Parliament's plenary session on February 12.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (R) and his Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders (L) attend a press conference after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Riga on February 3, 2015 - Sputnik International
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YALTA (Sputnik) — A new resolution calling for tighter anti-Russia sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis is likely to be put to a vote at the European Parliament's plenary session on February 12, a Latvian parliamentarian told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

"The next session will debate a resolution on Ukraine, the events in Mariupol and the rise in hostilities. They will again condemn the activities of Russia and pro-Russia forces," said Tatjana Zdanoka, a Latvian member of the European Parliament from the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance.

Vladimir Chizhov, Ambassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU - Sputnik International
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Zdanoka added that during the January session, European lawmakers agreed to keep restrictions against Russia in place by 750 to 135 votes.

A deadly shelling of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol last month killed around 30 civilians and wounded more than 90. Government troops and pro-independence militias in the region traded blame for the attack, with militias also reporting mortar attacks on their stronghold of Donetsk.

Hostilities renewed in eastern Ukraine in the first weeks of 2015, after the warring parties agreed on a ceasefire last September. The shaky truce was violated on many occasions, with both sides again, accusing each other of breaching the Minsk peace deal.

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