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World: the EC ready for "massive" sanctions in case of attack against Ukraine

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Ukraine-crisis-EU: the EC ready for "massive" sanctions in case of attack against Ukraine

LA CE PRÊTE À DES SANCTIONS © Reuters / Francois LENOIR The EC ready for "massive" sanctions in case of attack against Ukraine

Brussels (Reuters) - The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reaffirmed Thursday that the European Union would respond by sanctions economic and financial "massive" in case of new aggressions against Ukraine.

"If the situation deteriorates, if there is any additional infringement of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, we will respond by massive economic and financial sanctions. The transatlantic community will remain firm on this point," said the President of the European Executive in the context of online sessions organized by the World Economic Forum, including the 2022 edition in Davos (Switzerland) was postponed due to sanitary conditions.

"We will not accept Russia's attempt to divide Europe according to spheres of influence," Ursula von der Leyen explained. "If an attack takes place, we are ready."

(Report Benoit van Overstraeten and Marine Strauss, French version Myriam Rivet, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brush)

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