STRASBOURG (Sputnik) — Anti-Russia sanctions do not encourage resolving the crisis in Ukraine, but are part of the war, Arcadio Diaz Tejera, Spanish senator from socialist party told Sputnik on Monday.
Earlier in the day, the European Union issued a six-month extension of its anti-Russia sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, due to expire on Tuesday.
"My idea is that all kind of sanctions are part of the war. Economic measures, political measures are part of the war… Each day the situation in Ukraine is worse. I disagree with this escalation, because in my opinion the end of this escalation is war," Tejera said on the sidelines of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) summer session.
- Kiev forces shelled Donetsk again, killing one person© Sputnik / Irina Gerashchenko, File
- Residents walk in front of destroyed building as a result of shelling on June 8, 2015 in Novotoshkivske village, Donetsk region© AFP 2020 / SERGEY POLEZHAKA
- Members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) work within the ruins of a residential building, which according to locals was recently damaged by shelling, in Donetsk, Ukraine© REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko
- A destroyed apartment in a multiple occupancy building that was damaged during the shelling of Gorlovka in the Donetsk Region© Sputnik / Irina Gerashchenko
- Residential building damaged by the artillery shelling of the city of Mayrinka near Donetsk by Ukrainian forces© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy
He urged to restore dialogue with Russia so that the Russian lawmakers, which were previously stripped of their voting rights in PACE, could continue their work in the organization.
The West is blaming Russia for interfering in the military conflict between Ukrainian authorities and independence supporters in the country's east, a claim Moscow has repeateadly denied.
Russia has many times called the economic sanctions counterproductive.