The EU parliament on Thursday condemned Russia as a “potential threat to the European Union itself” even as the EU foreign policy chief sought to resume dialogue with Moscow to help end the conflict in Ukraine.
The legislature backed a resolution with a show of hands that called for a continuation of the sanctions against Moscow even beyond March, when the first measures will be up for review.
At the same time, the parliament called for diplomatic channels to remain open. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini told lawmakers that the EU must “think of restoring, partially, options and instruments for cooperation on rule of law and the judiciary with Russia.”
Russia relations will be at the heart of next Monday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers. EU President Donald Tusk has said the 28 nations must “stay the course” on sanctions while others have called for some flexibility in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.