This was stated by leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Guy Verhofstadt, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.
According to him, the appeal to Tusk was also signed by leader of the Group of the European People's Party Manfred Weber and President of The Greens-European Free Alliance Group Rebecca Harms.
The MEPs believe that the EU needs a set of enforcement tools to stop Russia committing war crimes in Syria while tougher sanctions against Putin and members of his inner circle are the most efficient way to achieve this goal in the short term.
Guy Verhofstadt also noted that the EU Foreign Affairs Council had endorsed the targeted sanctions against certain Syrian officials.
The members of the European Parliament stressed that the European Council was to propose concrete coercive measures to put pressure on Kremlin should Russia continue violating the international law.