Ukraine has the right to make its own decisions as a sovereign state – the head of the European Commission

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The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that in the event of further Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EU would impose sanctions against the Russian Federation.

This is reported by UA with reference to her statement during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Ursula von der Leyen stressed that Europe will do everything to prevent further aggression against Ukraine and other states of the continent.

“We reaffirm our solidarity with both Ukraine and our European partners who are threatened by Russia. Of course, we will uphold the fundamental principle that Ukraine has the right to make its own decisions as a sovereign state” – she said.

At the same time, the head of the European Commission advocated a dialogue with Russia so that the conflict would be resolved by structures created for this purpose. But if an attack on Ukraine’s territorial integrity ensues, the EU will respond with massive economic and financial sanctions.

Ursula von der Leyen added that the European Union remains the largest trading partner for Russia, as well as the largest investor.

“These trade relations are important to us. But they are much more important for Russia. We hope that a new attack will not happen. But if this happens, we are ready” – the head of the European Commission stressed.

To remind, Russian troops and equipment arrive in the regions of Belarus near the border with Ukraine. In particular, the Russian Uragan multiple launch rocket systems were found in the immediate vicinity of the border with the Kyiv region. Their location was confirmed by experts from a group investigating military conflicts.

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