MEPs have approved a resolution calling for a full embargo on Russia’s imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel, and gas.
This was reported by the European Parliament’s press service, European Truth reports.
Parliament has expressed outrage over reports of atrocities by Russian armed forces in Bucha and other Ukrainian cities and calls for those responsible for war crimes to be brought to justice.
They emphasize that those responsible for war crimes should be brought to justice and call for the establishment of a special UN tribunal for crimes in Ukraine.
In a resolution approved by 513 votes to 22 on Thursday, MEPs called for additional sanctions, including an “immediate full embargo on Russia’s imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas.”
MEPs note that this step should be accompanied by an EU energy security plan, as well as a strategy to “lift sanctions” if Russia takes steps to restore Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and withdraw its troops completely from Ukraine. “.
MEPs call on EU leaders to exclude Russia from the G20 and other multilateral organizations such as the UN Human Rights Council, Interpol, the World Trade Organization, UNESCO, and others, “which would be an important sign that the international community will not return to normal business.” aggressor “.
To make sanctions more effective, the parliament calls for the exclusion of all Russian banks from the SWIFT system, a ban on all Russian-related vessels, entry into EU territorial waters and moorings in EU ports, and road haulage with Russia and Belarus.
MEPs are also demanding the seizure of “all assets belonging to Russian officials or oligarchs linked to the Putin regime, their proxies and fictitious persons, as well as assets in Belarus linked to the Lukashenko regime”.
Pointing to Belarus’ involvement in the war in Ukraine, the resolution calls for sanctions against Belarus to be the same as those imposed on Russia to close any loopholes that allow Putin to use Lukashenko’s aid to circumvent sanctions.
Parliament reiterates that arms supplies must continue and increase so that Ukraine can defend itself effectively.
MEPs support further defense aid to the Ukrainian armed forces individually by EU member states and collectively through the European Peace Fund.
The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven on Thursday strongly condemned the atrocities of the Russian military in Bucha and other settlements of Ukraine and stressed that the perpetrators will be identified and brought to justice.