"It has grown from a local to a threat to European and perhaps global security. The situation must de-escalate and we welcomed the opportunity to do so quickly. It is difficult to assess whether this is a de-escalation of the crisis or a break between the two crises", Picula analyzed.
The MP concluded that sanctions against Russia are also possible: "We were clear and rigorous, we announced the possibility of introducing large sanctions in case of aggression against Ukraine. These sanctions include the possibility of shutting down the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.”
He believes that the presidents of the clubs in the European Parliament have done a good job and will continue to support Ukraine: “The EU summit sounded quite decisive, resolute. Some agreements have been reached. I believe that during the day we will approve a package of support to Ukraine of 1.2 billion euros that will help it cope with the consequences of these pressures."
As for the messages sent by Russia and fears of a potential invasion of Ukraine, Picula said: "It seems to me, when I hear comments from the Russian media and top politicians, that this is a kind of forced sarcasm because the unity of the West has been proven. I think a rational approach to the problem prevailed. Their maximalism cannot be accepted, but Russia should be kept at the negotiating table. There are very rational proposals for military activities and I think that is the way to go."