12 March 2019, 17:24

European Parliament adopted resolution on excluding Russia from number of strategic partners


The European Parliament adopted a resolution according to which Russia can no longer be considered a strategic partner.

The Brussels-based journalist of Radio Liberty, Rikard Jozwiak reported about the corresponding decision.

This decision was made in the framework of the resolution on the state of political relations between the European Union and Russia.

The journalist also noted that the amendment approved by the Greens, social democrats (S & D) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), calling for the resumption of the work of the EU-Russia parliamentary cooperation committee, which had been suspended since the annexation of Crimea, failed with a lack of just a few votes.

According to the website of the European Parliament, the document excluding strategic cooperation with Russia was adopted by 402 votes in favor, 163 MPs were against and 89 abstained.

MEPs noted that tensions between the EU and the Russian Federation have arisen since 2015 against the background of Russian intervention in Syria, interference in the affairs of Libya and the Central African Republic, as well as ongoing aggression against Ukraine.

In addition, the resolution condemns the involvement of the Russian Federation in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury and the campaigns on disinformation as well as cyber-attacks in the European Union.

Summing up the violations of international law, the Members of the European Parliament stressed that the EU should be ready to adopt further sanctions against Russia, especially against private individuals.

The text of the resolution was compiled on the basis of a report prepared by the Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete.

On March 6, 2019, the ambassadors of the European Union countries agreed on sanctions against the eight Russian citizens responsible for the detention of Ukrainian sailors in November 2018.