Russian sanctions are distracting EU from countering terrorism – Alfred Sant
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MEP Alfred Sant said that due to the hype surrounding anti-Russia sanctions, the European Union is not tackling more vital issues such as countering terrorism, which require an international response.
Sant said that instead of discussing further sanctions, Europe should seek to restore a sane appreciation of EU-Russian ties.
Dr. Sant, speaking to Sputnik, said both sides know they are hurting each other, and deep down, both sides are asking themselves what is the point of all this.
The Russian news agency asked for Dr. Sant’s comments following the European Council’s decision to keep economic sanctions against Russia. Quizzed by Sputnik whether more sanctions should be imposed on Russia, Dr. Sant replied, “I don’t think this is the right question to ask, even now. We should ask what brought us to this point? And how can we get back to a sane appreciation of EU – Russian relations? Both sides have genuine deep and unnecessary grievances against each other, both sides have been acting in bad faith, both sides know they are hurting each other, and deep down, both sides are asking themselves: but what is the point of all this?”
Alfred Sant said monopolistic forces on both sides of the “divide” will benefit from further sanctions against Russia. “They profit either way, with more or with less sanctions against and by Russia.”
Dr. Sant said that most European countries believe that there should be a negotiated settlement of the problems that have arisen.
“Some disbelieve that Russia wants to solve them and they therefore think that sanctions are the only way out. Others believe that a settlement can be achieved without sanctions. Still others, and I agree with them, believe that this has been a lousy way of doing things, both from the EU and from the Russian end. Meanwhile, the needed joint action between all Europeans, of course including Russia, to respond according to European values to the new global wave of barbarism/terrorism remains unattended.”
Alfred Sant concluded, “Europeans, including Russians, should cooperate on combating the new global wave of terrorism.”
SPUTNIK’s report is available here.