Should the EU introduce a new round of sanctions against Russia? In the wake of shocking evidence of apparent war crimes perpetrated by Russian troops in Ukraine, EU leaders are calling for another round of sanctions. Should an energy import ban be considered this time? Oil and gas exports to the EU are a vital source of hard currency for Russia, yet some Member States (including Germany, but also smaller countries such as Slovakia and Hungary) are heavily dependent on Russian gas.

What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in by Thierry, who worries about the economic cost of an additional round of sanctions:

Sanctions against Russia? Is Europe prepared to pay the ‘extra’ Energy cost associated with it? This is madness…

To get a reaction, we put Thierry’s comment to Claudia Gamon, an Austrian MEP who sits with the liberal Renew Europe Group, and is a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. You can see her response in the video at the top of this page.

Should the EU impose new sanctions against Russia? Should sanctions be expanded to include oil and gas? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    Pedro

    I would confirm first what really happened. There are strong rumors that it was staged.

    • avatar
      Apolinaras

      Pedro Jesus, shut up troll.

  2. avatar
    Natasha

    There is no advantage whatsoever for Russia to do something like that. Quite the opposite… Qui bono ?

  3. avatar
    Robin

    Why is this even a question?Should have we distanced ourselves from Russia when it invaded Moldova in 1992? Yes. Should have we distanced ourselves from Russia when it levelled Groznîi in 1999? Yes. Should have we distanced ourselves from Russia when it invaded Georgia in 2008? Yes. Should have we distanced ourselves from Russia when it invaded Ukraine in 2014? Yes. Don’t you see the pattern? O_o

  4. avatar
    Georg

    New sanctions for what? Atrocities will have to be investigated and suspects identified. There are juridicial processes for that. I’d rather leave it to them to judge.What is important is crippeling the Russian war effort. Deny them the capability to build new weapons and repair damaged ones. Cutting Russian gas and oil seems to be the obvious step. It also shows us our limits on acting sensible. No one doubts that this would hurt the Russian economy really badly, but it would also leave us unable to move on. Alternatives cannot be pulled out of the hat instantly.

  5. avatar
    Dimitris

    EU should try to stop the war and not escalate it. EU is victimizing their own citizens just because escalates a war that should stop, instead. Stop the war means:Stop NATO from extending to the EastStop Russia from fighting Ukraine.Stop Ukraine civil war since 2014 and respect Minsk agreement or make another one.

    • avatar
      Edmond

      Dimitris Kitsanelis not sure what you are smoking…but it’s probably gone bad

  6. avatar
    Mixalis

    Η Ευρώπη και το ΝΑΤΟ πρέπει να σταματήσουν αυτή τη βαρβαρότητα με κάθε τρόπο.Ακόμα κι αν χρειαστεί να βομβαρδίσουν το Κρεμλίνο.

  7. avatar
    Dionisios

    Sanctions will bring EU on its knees… and have little or no effect on Russia… STOP them now

  8. avatar
    Julia

    The EU are traitors. They do not serve citizens. They serve agendas.

    • avatar
      JT HK

      This is the problem of liberal democracy. Liberal means only the capital, people is responsible to caste vote. Democracy not for the well being of the people is not a democracy.

  9. avatar
    Simon

    Russian massacre? So you’ve actually attended the scene with experts and verified that Russia was solely to blame. Otherwise this is just a pathetic click bait title barely worth the effort to type this but definitely not to be debated.

  10. avatar
    Jevgeni

    Yeah we don’t care what is the reason to add more sanctions, even fakes like what is spread our one-sided propagandistic media ‍♂️ Why we even bother to search a reason? Why not just admit that we are in war with Russia, an economic war that has nothing to do with whatever happens around? And the war with ourselves, have you seen what is happening with the prices for literally everything?

    • avatar
      JT HK

      People get use to brain- washed are incapable to reason. Europe has reason panicking of its own decline!

  11. avatar
    Olivier

    We should reinform Russians people

  12. avatar
    Yannick

    A full embargo. What else? It’s a small price to pay to bite the bullet and get off our addiction to gas, oil and coal. We need to do it to stop Putin while we can. We also must do it to stand a chance to sustain a liveable planet. The timing could not be better (or maybe I should say: better late than sorry)

    • avatar
      JT HK

      Have you any concrete evidence for your accusation of Putin? The Russians was the allied force to fight Nazi Germany in World War II. “Commentary: Ukraine’s neo-Nazi problem”
      By Josh Cohen, Commentaryhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-cohen-ukraine-commentary-idUSKBN1GV2TY

  13. avatar
    Pedro

    Sanctions have a dramatic rebound effect.

  14. avatar
    JT HK

    This shocked the world too! How about this? Should the EU impose sanctions against the US without any investigation? https://nypost.com/…/hunter-biden-played-role-in…/

  15. avatar
    JT HK

    Hearsay is sufficient for the conviction of Russia?Hope that EU is not brain dead as NATO.

  16. avatar
    JT HK

    Other than sanctions, political leaders of EU cannot think of other means for peace? Infected by NATO and become brain-dead too? Sanctions cannot stop war but punish EU citizens.

  17. avatar
    JT HK

    Europe is shocking the world also. Why people are not asking why Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen and other people inspecting corpses at Bucha were not wearing mask. How come these corpses not rotten after the Russians had moved out from the area at least 8 days before?

  18. avatar
    JT HK

    What is urgently need to do is an investigation organized by the UN with non-combatting countries not by countries sanctioning Russia for they have conflict of interest.

  19. avatar
    JT HK

    If you people want to see a real massacre, it is better to google the Nangking massacre. People would only have their hands tied when murdered in mass. With the very few photos I can access on the internet, some photos and a video in Bucha showed that “corpses” were scattered orderly along the street which is sufficiently wide to aloud vehicle to pass. If unarmed civilians were shot by armed soldiers along the street indiscriminately this way, they would not need to have arms tied.

  20. avatar
    JT HK

    We have seen some video on the dead bodies along the street were with hand tied. If these people were unarmed civilians killed by armed soldiers, why needed to tie the hands? Even more ridiculous is that hands were tied with snow white things…! Were these “dead bodies” hands tied after they were shot?

  21. avatar
    Deanna

    Stop making the situation worse. Just find a peace solution now. We don’t want more war. We don’t want more sanctions. We want peace.

  22. avatar
    Borislav

    Declaration of war. I see no other way.

    • avatar
      JT HK

      Ukraine is recruiting volunteers to fight the Russian. If you believe this is a “holy war’, you can go to join the fight. Do not fool others to die with you.

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