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NATO FMs discuss possibility of new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine – Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS. Nov 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The foreign ministers of the NATO countries spoke in Riga on Tuesday about the possible introduction of new sanctions against Russia if the situation around Ukraine worsens, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference.

He said that they discussed economic sanctions and political reactions, including with the United States. NATO accounts for 50% of global GDP, and it matters when NATO allies discuss the use of sanctions for Russia’s behavior.

He recalled the restrictive measures taken against Russia after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, noting that such steps are possible now. At the same time, Stoltenberg refused to provide details of possible new measures against Russia.

According to him, NATO demonstrates the will and ability to maintain the already existing sanctions.

According to Stoltenberg, in reality Russia underestimates the determination of NATO allies to impose sanctions and implement them after the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.

He also recalled NATO’s earlier decision to end practical cooperation with Russia.