European leaders say they’re willing to consider a second round of sanctions against Russia as they continue to pressure Moscow over its interference in the 2016 US election.
European Council President Donald Tusk said Sunday that “the pressure continues” on Russia, despite a flurry of new sanctions announced Monday, and he added that the European Commission would not consider an outright freeze.
The bloc, which has been pushing for sanctions for weeks, said it was also open to “any additional measures” if they don’t have broad support from other EU countries.
Tusk’s remarks came hours after the European Parliament passed a resolution on Monday calling on Moscow to “immediately stop any aggression against Ukraine, including by Russian forces.”
The resolution was introduced by Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee member Jose Manuel Lopez-Sánchez.
He said the EU is willing to work with other member states to impose further sanctions against Russian individuals and companies.
The resolution came after the Ukrainian government announced Monday that it would suspend the country’s parliamentary elections on March 6, the first in a decade.
Ahead of the vote, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the government would suspend a presidential election scheduled for May 1 that has been widely seen as a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or join the European Economic Area.