The European Union’s sanctions are not aimed at ordinary Russian citizens, and Europe is committed to further invest in people-to-people contacts, the Lithuanian EU Ambassador to Russia, Vygaudas Ušackas, said in his welcome speech at the opening of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in Tallinn. "The EU restrictive measures – sanctions – are not aimed at ordinary Russian citizens. The measures target a number of selected individuals and specific entities. They are applied to change the policy and actions of the Russian government towards Ukraine. (…) Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected," the diplomat said.
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