Syriza Sends Shockwaves Through Europe: No to EU Statement on Russia

An EU statement published Tuesday morning, supposedly agreed to by all 28 EU leaders, was released this morning and subsequently dismissed by Greek PM Alexis Tsipras. The statement condemned Russia and agreed that it bears responsibility for a rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which killed 30 people. It continued by stating further actions should be taken against Russia, including the possibility of more sanctions.

 It was drafted by the cabinet of EU Council chief Donald Tusk, a Russia-critical Pole, on Monday evening. Attempts were made by EU member-states Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia to weaken the language, but to no avail. The Greek PM has stricken Greece from the statement.

PM Tsipras has started his term with a solid demonstration of the change coming from the Greek quarter.

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