BRUSSELS, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. MEPs on Thursday adopted a resolution on Ukraine, in which they called on the European External Action Service to actively engage in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
“The European Parliament stresses the need to find a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, calls on the European Commission and the EU's Foreign Service to intensify efforts for a peaceful settlement of the conflict,” the document says.
In particular, MEPs propose to work on “strengthening confidence-building measures”, “obtaining a mandate to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission.” They also call on the EU to assist in the holding of local elections, to ensure access to these territories for international humanitarian organizations.
In addition, the MPs call on the EU “to be ready to tighten sanctions against Russia, if the situation so requires.”
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after the coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people became victims of the conflict. The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.
Relations between the Russian Federation and Western countries worsened due to the situation in Ukraine and around Crimea, which became part of Russia after a referendum on the peninsula. The West, accusing the Russian Federation of interference, imposed sanctions against it, Moscow retaliated, embarked on a course of import substitution, and more than once declared that it was counterproductive to talk to it in the language of sanctions. Russia has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and a subject of the Minsk settlement agreements. Recently, in the EU countries, opinions about the need to lift sanctions against the Russian Federation have been voiced more and more clearly.