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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

EU must pay the price for sanctions

Even if it's not clear when the sanctions will be imposed and one can argue if they are adequate, the resolution taken by the EU on Monday is the right approach, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung lauds: "Remarkable first of all is the fact that the governments of 28 countries with very different interests were able to agree on sanctions against Russia at all. That shows that a European foreign policy is possible, at least in a rudimentary form. The planned sanctions aren't directed at 'the Russians', but target specific people and the oil industry - or in other words the Putin system. Clearly the West has learned from former mistakes when its sanctions were too broad-based and above all hurt the general population. If Putin now wants to retaliate and punish the EU states - for example with air traffic restrictions - it will hurt. But that's the price that must be paid to make it clear that serious breaches of international law will not be tolerated."

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