The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, says that a new round of European Union sanctions against Russia is needed, after the speech in which the Russian President threatened nuclear weapons again and announced a partial mobilization, reports CNN.

“President Putin is now showing his weakness because he is trying to mobilize less trained, less experienced, less motivated personnel and wants to start fake referendums on the sovereign land of Ukraine. So I think this calls for new sanctions from us,” von der Leyen said in an interview with CNN.

On Wednesday morning, Putin announced an immediate partial mobilization of Russian citizens, marking the biggest escalation since the start of the war in Ukraine.

“We are prepared to impose additional economic costs on Russia and on individuals and entities inside and outside Russia who politically or economically support the invasion. In addition, we will propose additional export controls on civilian technology as Russia transitions to a full war economy,” von der Leyen said.

She spoke about the effect of the sanctions so far, saying they are “very effective”.

Asked about the Russian leader’s nuclear rhetoric, von der Leyen said: “Putin has nuclear weapons, that’s a fact, but we will never give in to blackmail.”

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