EU chief says ready to scale up sanctions against Russia

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the European Parliament on the conclusions of the October leaders' summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Eastern France, Nov 23, 2021. (CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL PHOTO VIA AP)

BRUSSELS – The European Union is ready to scale up its sanctions and take "unprecedented measures" against Russia if it shows further aggression towards Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

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Von der Leyen, speaking in the European Parliament, said the EU had worked closely with the United States to draw up options going beyond existing sanctions targeting Russia's financial and energy sectors, dual-use goods and defence.

"Our response to any further aggression may take the form of a robust scaling-up and expansion of these existing sanctions regimes," she told EU lawmakers.

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"And of course we are ready to take additional, unprecedented measures with serious consequences for Russia."