The head of the Foreign Ministry calls on the European Union to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin as hard as possible to stop him.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says that the eighth package of sanctions proposed by the European Commission does not correspond to the level of Putin’s aggravation of the war against Ukraine.
This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the microblog Twitter.
“The proposed elements of a future EU sanctions package against Russia do not correspond to the scale of Putin’s aggravation and the threat it poses to Europe and the whole world. We encourage the EU to hit Putin harder in order to stop him. This is an important point,” Kuleba said.
The eighth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation: what is known
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 28, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell presented a proposal for the eighth package of sanctions against Russia.
Borrell said that the first part of the new sanctions package concerns the listing of restrictive measures for individuals and legal entities.
“In direct response to the latest Russian escalation – for example, the call of 300,000 soldiers to war – we are proposing additional restrictive measures against those who support, facilitate or benefit from the invasion of Ukraine,” Borrell said.
The High Representative of the EU noted that it is proposed to introduce sanctions against those persons who are involved in the Russian occupation and illegal annexation of the territories of Ukraine. We are talking about representatives of the Russian puppet government in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye and other persons who organized and falsified fictitious “referendums” in these occupied territories of Ukraine.
It is also proposed to impose sanctions against high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. “Those who support the Russian armed forces by providing them with military equipment and weapons, including missiles and fighter aircraft, and are involved in the recruitment of 300,000 soldiers,” Borrell said.
In addition, it is proposed to impose sanctions against those who spread disinformation about the war.
Borrell added that more sanctions would be imposed against economic entities, not necessarily Russian ones, but which help Russia circumvent sanctions.
“It is also important to note that we are expanding the geographic coverage of restrictions on the Donetsk and Lugansk regions that apply to Crimea and were introduced at the beginning of the year. They will apply to all territories not controlled by the government of Ukraine, including Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, which are not part of the Donbass and were not part of the previous decisions,” Borrell stressed.
At the same time, von der Leyen added that the European Union is determined to further isolate and hit the Russian economy. In particular, it is proposed to introduce new bans on the import of Russian goods. “This will make it impossible for Russian goods to enter the European market and deprive Russia of an additional 7 billion euros of income,” the EC President stressed.
It is also proposed to expand the list of products that will no longer be able to enter the Russian market. The purpose of these measures is to make it impossible for the Kremlin’s military complex to obtain key technologies. These include additional aircraft products, electronic components and specialty chemicals.
“We also propose additional bans on the provision of European services to Russia and a ban on EU citizens from holding positions in the governing bodies of Russian state enterprises,” the EC President said.
She said that the new package would provide the legal basis for imposing price caps on Russian oil for third countries.