The president of European Commission had told MEPs that the EU will not accept Russia’s actions in Crimea.
José Manuel Barroso made his comments ahead of a foreign ministers meeting on Monday in which tough sanctions could be slapped on Russian officials.
“What happened in Crimea was an unprovoked and unacceptable violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and its territorial integrity,” Barroso said.
Some parliamentarians suggested Russia needs the EU, more than the EU needs Russia.
“75 percent of Russia’s external trade are conducted with the EU,” said Germany’s Rebecca Harms, a Green MEP: “We must not fall into a military confrontation to make it clear to Russia that if it wants to isolate itself, this isolation is going to happen!”
A Dutch Liberal MEP warned that would be an economic price for the European Union to pay as well.
“we will, in one week, maybe two weeks, see that Russia has done what it probably has always wanted to do: to create facts on the ground in Crimea,” said Johannes Cornelis van Baalen. “We have to have serious sanctions, serious economic sanction, that will hurt Russia, unfortunately, and will also hurt us. and we should be prepared to do it!”
The application of sanctions against Russia would require the agreement of all 28 EU member states.