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27 March, 2013 17:12   ▪  

Romano Prodi: Western sanctions could push Ukraine in the arms of Russia

Western sanctions could hurt the weakest part of Ukrainian society and push the country in the Russian arms, Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission, noted at the Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood and the Future of the Eastern Partnership discussion held at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Marh 14.

“…at this point, there are still quite a few European and American politicians who think that the situation forces us to apply sanctions in order to get an effect. And this has been under discussion for many, many months and now with decreasing support for it. I always think that sanctions often do not work. Generally they affect the lowest, weakest part of the country. But in this case, they will have also the consequence to push Ukraine, Ukrainian voters and Ukrainian government in the arms of Russia. So I don’t think that this strategy that Europe is trying to adopt is the best one and the only offer we can we can give,” Prodi underlined.

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