There are forces in Europe that wish to lift the sanctions against Russia and continue trading with the country, according to the former President of Latvia, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.
Replying to the question of whether the UK exit from the European Union could affect the sanctions against Russia, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga noted that the sanctions in themselves have always been “a weapon of despair,” delfi.lv wrote.
“The European Union acknowledged the need for sanctions and extended the term for another year. In the future, those who are closely connected to Russia will try to lift sanctions. Others, probably, will consider sanctions as a political tool. But nobody wants to start a global war. The issue of sanctions will not disappear and it will have to be addressed with Great Britain, whether it will be a part of EU or not. However, there will be forces in Europe that would like to lift the sanctions against Russia. They would like to continue trading and say, ‘Why do we care about Ukraine,’” the former president said.
Last Thursday in Great Britain, 51.9% voted for the ‘Brexit’ after which Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the campaign to remain in Europe, announced his resignation.