02:30 GMT +329 October 2016
    Donald Tusk, President of the European Council in the plenary.

    European Parliament Members Urge EC President to Toughen Anti-Russian Sanctions

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    Leaders of three political groups of the European Parliament (EP) have sent a joint letter to President of the European Council (EC) Donald Tusk, calling for measures to toughen sanctions against Russia over its campaign in Syria.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Russia's role in Syria will be one of the key issues debated by the EU leaders at the upcoming Brussels meeting on October 20-21.

    "The European Parliament has backed calls for EU enforcement tools to be prepared, which will put pressure on Russia to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions they have signed. The indiscriminate use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs against civilians in Aleppo must end," the letter, sent by the European People’s Party (EPP), the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), said.

    It also noted that the European Union needs "a tougher sanctions regime targeting Putin and his inner circle is the most efficient way."

    Earlier in October, different European politicians, including Germany's special coordinator for Russia policy Gernot Erler brought the idea of introducing restrictions against Russia over the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria's Aleppo.

    On Sunday, the United Kingdom, the United States and France discussed putting pressure on Russia, including sanctions, to convince it to change its policy on Syria.

    The Russian Aerospace Forces began their operation against terrorists in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


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    • enrique_costas
      Not the right way to deal with Russia, which is the largest nation in Europe.
    • copius
      These European Parliament members are corrupt bastards who contributed to wars in Middle East Iraq, Libya,Yemen, Syria, etc. the list goes on. These bastards should be sanctioned along with their families and then executed for murder and war crimes on millions of civilians.
    • michael
      shades of Monty Python; the european people's party. What next, the popular european people's party (with 1 member?)
    • joycejoe
      European Parliament tells Duterte, that what he is doing is wrong, but the people of Philipines gives him over 70% approval rating. European Parliament, tells President Putin what he is doing is wrong, but Russian give him over 80% approval ratings. Most European do not even know who Mr Tusk is and what will be the approval rating of Mr. Tusk or EU parliment?
    • anne00marie
      Hahahahah - look at what the last lot of sanctions did for the EU?
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