Military confrontation has to be avoided at any cost. Diplomacy should take precedence. Russia so far has done nothing to constructively contribute to the de-escalation of the situation.
In this context Ministers should further enlarge the list of Russian officials that are put under visa ban and assets freeze. Only targeted sanctions against the inner circle of President Putin can have an effect. It is worthwhile to consider identifying a number of state owned companies that would face sanctions and make an assesment of the consequences the application those sanctions could have.
Most importantly, they should not punish the Russian people. The solidarity shown by the Russian activists that faced threats and intimidations during their March for Truth in Moscow is commendable. I admire their courage and I believe that these are the people that shall change Russia into a more democratic, more free and more European country.
I have launched a poll where you can share your position with regards to the sanctions on Russian officials.
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