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Belgium: NATO's Stoltenberg calls for continued economic sanctions against Russia02:59

Belgium: NATO's Stoltenberg calls for continued economic sanctions against Russia

Belgium, Brussels
December 7, 2016 at 16:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg backed the continuation of Western economic sanctions against Russia over what he alleged was the "illegal annexation of Crimea" and "aggressive behaviour" of Russia in eastern Ukraine, while speaking to the press after talks with the Ukrainian foreign minister and his NATO counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday.

"Sanctions are an important tool to send a very clear message that we don't accept the kind of aggressive behaviour, the illegal annexation of Crimea and the destabilising behaviour in eastern Ukraine, which Russia is responsible for. The EU has decided to continue with economic sanctions and I think that is a right decision," Stoltenberg stated.

He went on to say that sanctions might be lifted if "Russia changed [its] behaviour." However he said, "so far we haven't seen much of that so therefore I support continued sanctions."

Commenting on the situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, Stoltenberg said: "thousands of thousands of people are killed, also many innocent people, and we have seen that also humanitarian aid workers have been killed. And the main reason for this increased violence in Aleppo is the renewed offensive by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia."

A decision on the further extension of economic sanctions against Russia is likely to be made at the EU Summit in Brussels on December 15.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg backed the continuation of Western economic sanctions against Russia over what he alleged was the "illegal annexation of Crimea" and "aggressive behaviour" of Russia in eastern Ukraine, while speaking to the press after talks with the Ukrainian foreign minister and his NATO counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday.

"Sanctions are an important tool to send a very clear message that we don't accept the kind of aggressive behaviour, the illegal annexation of Crimea and the destabilising behaviour in eastern Ukraine, which Russia is responsible for. The EU has decided to continue with economic sanctions and I think that is a right decision," Stoltenberg stated.

He went on to say that sanctions might be lifted if "Russia changed [its] behaviour." However he said, "so far we haven't seen much of that so therefore I support continued sanctions."

Commenting on the situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, Stoltenberg said: "thousands of thousands of people are killed, also many innocent people, and we have seen that also humanitarian aid workers have been killed. And the main reason for this increased violence in Aleppo is the renewed offensive by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia."

A decision on the further extension of economic sanctions against Russia is likely to be made at the EU Summit in Brussels on December 15.

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