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EU Official Calls for Tougher Sanctions Against Russian Ruble

Published: August 22, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • Ryszard Czarnecki, speaking at Poland's Sejm parliament, argued that Western sanctions against Russia have so far been a "reactive" response to Moscow's actions
    Photo: Ryszard Czarnecki / Twitter

A vice president of the European parliament has proposed restricting the convertibility of the Russian ruble as part of a package of measures to prevent Moscow making any further "aggressive" moves in Ukraine.

Ryszard Czarnecki, speaking at Poland's Sejm parliament, argued that Western sanctions against Russia have so far been a "reactive" response to Moscow's actions but that preventive measures would be more effective, according to a statement posted Wednesday on his website.

"To counter Russia's aggressive military actions, pre-emptive sanctions should be considered," Czarnecki said.

Following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March, the U.S. and EU have sanctioned dozens of Russian individuals and entities, many of whom have close ties to the presidency. The West has also accused Moscow of backing pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine — a charge repeatedly denied by the Kremlin.

"Europeans must be wise before damage is done, not after the fact, and that's why we are proposing preventive sanctions instead of only those that present a response to Russia's actions," Czarnecki was quoted as saying by Polish daily Wyborcza Gazeta. "President Vladimir Putin must know what he has to fear, what awaits him."

Besides limiting the ruble's convertibility, Czarnecki also proposed reducing Europe's dependence on Russian oil and gas supplies.





 


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Thursday, Oct. 30


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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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