Klimkin: The EU is Considering Options for Sanctions Against Russia for Attack in Kerch Strait

He said that the sanctions against Russia should make an impact

Pavlo KlimkinPhoto from Ukrinform-UATV

The issue of sanctions against Russia in regards to the Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait is now on the agenda of the European Union, however, this process will not be rapid as it requires the consent of all parties, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated at a briefing today, Jan. 9,, Ukrinform reports.

“The European Union is considering possible measures against Russia (for the aggression in the Kerch Strait – ed.), and they are considered both measures at the level of the European Union as well as national measures,” Klimkin said.

“We need sanctions against Russia to be impactful. Various ideas are being discussed, including additional sanctions on Russian ports, Russian vessels and partial sanctions. I mean the process is still being discussed. It will not be too fast, but better it would be real, with real sanctions,” Klimkin said.

He added that there are some ideas about the restriction of Russia’s access to financial markets and the energy sector.

Each country may also introduce its sanctions on a national level.

Klimkin recalled that Lithuania had imposed national sanctions against 20 Russians responsible for seizing Ukrainian seamen in the Kerch Strait and said that Ukraine “works in the same way with some other countries.”

He said that it is easier with national measures, because it does not require “all the formal approval procedures that you know in the European Union lasts for a long time.”

Source Ukrinform
date 09.01.2019
categories Ukraine and the EU
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