«A serious portion»: Klimkin announced new sanctions against Russia

© AP Photo / Mary AltafferГлава the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin. Archival photo«A serious portion»: Klimkin announced new sanctions against Russia© AP Photo / Mary Altaffer

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin announced new restrictive measures against Russia. As noted by the Ukrainian diplomat, «a major portion» of sanctions would be introduced in February 2018. However, Klimkin said, who will introduce these restrictive measures and the basis for his information.

«Yesterday, the European Union extended sanctions… in February there will be a new and very serious set of sanctions as they relate, in particular, assets of the Russian oligarchs. We’re talking about how to build a system of such pressure», — said Klimkin.

However, other details about possible restrictive measures, he did not.

The EU’s decision

Before the EU decided to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months. This was announced by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The current restrictive measures expires in early 2018.

«The EU unanimously in favour of the extension of economic sanctions against Russia», — said the politician.

This decision was supported by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. In his opinion, it is «an important political decision for violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the unwillingness to stop hybrid aggression.»In subsequent Tusk emphasized that the member countries of the EU for the first time decided to extend economic sanctions against Russia without debate and controversy.

At the same time, the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki noted that the decision on prolongation of validity of restrictive measures against Russia for another six months was not unanimous.

He said that «some southern European countries» has not supported such a decision.

«The discussion that took place on the subject of sanctions, showed that all, except for a few southern European countries understand that sanctions should be extended because they are not only an element of pressure on Russia, but also the specific symbol, as the European Union does not agree with the annexation of Crimea, does not agree with the war in the Eastern part of Ukraine, and we insist that the Minsk agreement was executed,» said Morawiecki.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert fico said that sanctions against Russia negatively affect the EU economy. He also said that he voted to extend the restrictive measures, because «never wanted to destroy the unity of the European Union».Senator Franz Klintsevich, in turn, expressed the view that the extension of anti-Russian sanctions could provoke the Ukrainian authorities for the outbreak of full-scale war in the Donbass. He noted that sanctions do not contribute to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Klintsevich also urged European leaders to admit the error of the original decision.

The Minsk agreement

The EU imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014 amid the Ukrainian conflict. Subsequently the effect of these restrictive measures tied to full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

«A serious portion»: Klimkin announced new sanctions against Russia© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codecoverage in the Bank»Vicious circle». Expert on EU plans anti-Russian sanctimoneous prolongs sanctions against Russia every six months. In addition, the head of the state Department Rex Tillerson said earlier that the United States and Europe oppose «Russian aggression» with the help of a coherent sanctions policy against Russia.

The Russian government, reacting to EU policy, retaliated and took a course on import substitution. According to Peskov, Russia has been able to complete the process of adaptation to Western sanctions. Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also expressed the opinion that Russia is not afraid of sanctions and learned to live with them.«A serious portion»: Klimkin announced new sanctions against RussiaThe implementation of the Minsk agreements