A third even accused the U.S. and the EU to bring the conflict in Ukraine. The European Parliament President Martin Schulz called on his colleagues to be "pragmatic" recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia as a fait accompli and do not rush to adopt new sanctions as Russia and EU have "common interests" in the energy sector.
The position of the second group, mainly represented by members of the Old Europe like Germany, was more cautious. "This is not the time to take hard resolutions, said Knut Fleckenstein of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. This is counterproductive, especially on the eve of negotiations on Ukraine scheduled for Thursday in Geneva with the participation Russia. "Then the most prominent representative of this group, the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, called his colleagues to be" pragmatic ", that is to say, recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia as a fait accompli and do not rush to adopt new sanctions against Moscow, given its common energy interests with Brussels.
In the European Parliament there are also defenders of Russia among socialists, left and independents. The Italian Social Democratic Arlacchi was outraged to see his colleagues accuse Moscow of destabilizing the situation in Ukraine while "ignoring the fact that the U.S. and the EU were the first to intervene in the affairs internal Ukraine ". The Spanish Socialist Willy Meyer even said that the U.S. and the EU were "directly involved in organizing the coup in Kiev." British Conservative Charles Tannock tried to counter this criticism by stating that "Yanukovych, who had fled the country, was dismissed by the parliament." What Meyer replied that "the decisions of a surrounded by paramilitary groups parliament" were "illegitimate."
The independent MP Andrew Brons was the most uncompromising: "The removal of Yanukovych was a violation of Ukrainian legislation She took to the EU, which is ingested in Ukrainian affairs when the latter renounced reconciliation. Brussels. Washington has also interfered in the internal affairs of Ukrainians. Why the United States had they allowed at a time, to require the withdrawal of missiles in Cuba and now, Russia should not s oppose the accession of its close to NATO and EU neighbor? "said the MP. Only Arlacchi and Meyer applauded. Read more cielj.net