Ukrainian Foreign Ministry asks EU to toughen sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the European Union to increase political, military and sanctions pressure on Russia. This was reported on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on 11 June.

During a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) foreign ministers, Kuleba accused Russia of unwillingness to fulfill the agreements reached at the Paris summit of the “Norman Quartet” and of “occupation” Crimea.

The minister expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics received Russian passports and the absence of observers from international organizations in these territories.

“In order to really change the situation, international political, military and economic pressure on Moscow must increase and become more cohesive. And this should continue until the complete de-occupation of the Crimea,” said Dmitry Kuleba.

The Ukrainian minister also asked for more support from the EU for his country in “the fight for peace and democratic values”.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine and the West became more complicated in 2014. After the state revolution in Kiev, the new Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the unconstitutional change of power.

In addition, the authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea held a referendum at which 96.6 percent of the region’s residents voted for reunification with Russia.

Kiev refuses to recognize the results of the vote and makes plans to “return” the peninsula. At the same time, the U.S. and EU have imposed sanctions against Moscow.

On 10 June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy named a condition for restoring relations with Russia. According to him, Russians will soon feel ashamed of joining the Crimea.