The only way to force Russia to change its policy without the use of weapons is sanctions, so it is necessary to strengthen the restrictive measures against Russia in general and “Gazprom” in particular. This was stated by President of Poland Andrzej Duda on January 24.
“I think if we limit Gazprom’s ability to operate economically in the EU, especially in terms of entering into new (agreements. – Ed.) on investments, then the situation with such things as respect for international law and human and political rights in Russia will start to move forward, because this will be a serious step in the sphere of Russian economic interests,” he said in an interview with The Financial Times.
Duda called talk of increasing sanctions “absolutely justified,” given Crimea’s reunification with Russia and the situation with blogger Alexei Navalny.
Earlier, on Jan. 21, the European Parliament (EP) called for blocking the construction of Nord Stream 2 because of the Navalny situation, demanding that the EU increase restrictions against Moscow, even though EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell had already said on Jan. 19 that the EU could not prevent the pipeline from being built because it was a private company project.
Also, the EP proposed to introduce restrictions against people who participated in the decision to arrest Navalny. 581 deputies voted for the document, 50 voted against it, and 44 abstained.