Germany says West will agree to more sanctions against Russia after Bucha killings

  • German minister urges EU to take tougher stance on gas imports
  • Ukraine demands tougher sanctions on Russia
  • Russia says the West has declared economic war

LVIV, Ukraine, April 3 (Reuters) – Germany said on Sunday the West would agree to impose further sanctions on Russia in coming days after Ukraine accused Russian forces of war crimes near kyiv, adding to already huge economic pressure on Russia. Russia for its invasion.

Russia’s economy is facing the most serious crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 after the United States and its allies imposed crippling sanctions over Putin’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Russia on Sunday denied that its forces were responsible for the killing of civilians in the town of Bucha and said Ukraine had staged a performance for Western media.

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The West warned of more sanctions.

“Putin and his supporters will feel the consequences” of their actions, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a statement to reporters.

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said the European Union should talk about ending Russian gas imports. Read more

Germany, Europe’s largest economy, has so far resisted calls to impose an embargo on energy imports from Russia, saying its economy and those of other European countries are too dependent on them. Russia supplies 40% of Europe’s gas needs.

The Italian foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, said that the events in Bucha are “unleashing a wave of indignation that will lead to new sanctions” and did not rule out “that in the next few hours there may be a debate on the issue of hydrocarbon imports from Russia”. “, he told a program on Italy’s Rai 3 channel, adding that Italy would not veto a fifth package of sanctions.

The United States said those responsible for any war crimes must be held accountable, Britain said it was tightening sanctions and France condemned “massive abuses” by Russian forces in Ukraine.

SANCTIONS

The Kremlin says that the West’s sanctions, the most onerous in modern history, amount to a declaration of economic war and that Moscow will now look east to partners like China and India.

Largely isolated from Western economies, Russia is facing the biggest economic contraction in decades as prices rise. Putin said the West understands nothing about Russia if it thinks the Russians will give in to sanctions.

Still, cutting off Russian gas, or more of Russia’s natural resources, would wipe out growth in Europe’s largest economies, send energy prices to record highs and drive an inflationary shock wave through the global economy.

Russia, which has supplied Europe with gas since the 1970s, would be deprived of hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign exchange. It would probably toughen its response to the West’s “economic warfare.”

“The world is much bigger than Europe, and in fact Russia is much bigger than Europe, so sooner or later we will have a dialogue regardless of what people across the ocean want,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry said. Peskov, to state television Channel One.

Ukraine called for a full embargo on oil, gas and coal, a ban on Russian ships and cargo, and the disconnection of all Russian banks from SWIFT.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has killed thousands of people and displaced millions.

Putin says the “special military operation” in Ukraine is necessary because the United States was using Ukraine to threaten Russia and Moscow had to defend itself against Ukraine’s persecution of Russian-speakers.

Ukraine says Moscow has launched a war of aggression and Putin’s claims of persecution are nonsense.

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Written by Guy Faulconbridge Edited by Alexandra Hudson and Chizu Nomiyama

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