Zelenskyy on Russia sanctions: pause after 11th package is too long
In a speech to EU foreign ministers on October 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the EU should intensify work on new sanctions against Russia
This is reported on the president's website.
Zelenskyy noted that sanctions pressure on Russia is no longer enough, as they have more attack drones and Russian air strikes are becoming more frequent. He believes that the joint work of the EU countries should be aimed at countering any forms and schemes of sanctions evasion by Russia.
"Any supply to Russia that allows it to increase its military production must stop. This is in the clear interest not only of Ukraine, but also of everyone in the world who wants this war to end as soon as possible. And I thank those of you who are already helping us to counteract the evasion of sanctions," Zelenskyy said.
He emphasized that countries should intensify work on a new EU sanctions package, because "any sanctions pauses increase the time of Russian aggression, and the pause after the 11th sanctions package has already dragged on too long."
He emphasized the need to develop sanctions against all sectors of the Russian economy, especially their nuclear industry because of what Russia is doing at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, and also as a security move of Russian nuclear technology, "questionable from both a security and political point of view."
Zelenskyy also emphasized the need to expand sanctions against Iran in sensitive industries, including the import of equipment and chemicals.
"Every Iranian attack drone that hits European cities in Ukraine is a reason for sanctions pressure," he emphasized.
On September 29, the UK government imposed sanctions on 11 new individuals in response to Russia's attempts to use fake elections to legitimize its illegal control over parts of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk regions and Crimea, which are part of Ukraine's sovereign territory.
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