Ukraine hopes for tougher sanctions against Russia if escalation in Donbas
Ukraine's Foreign Affairs Ministry hopes that the European Union will toughen sanctions against Russia if the situation in eastern Ukraine escalates, according to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's Ambassador at Large Dmytro Kuleba.
"Ukraine expects that in the case of escalation or neglect by the Russian Federation of the Minsk agreements, international law and commitments, the European Union will be ready to immediately take further effective measures to heighten the pressure of sanctions against the Russian Federation to increase costs on Russia for its illegal actions," Kuleba said at a briefing, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
In his words, Ukraine has once again urged Russia to comply with its commitments under the Minsk agreements, in particular, those related to the ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, an end to arms shipments to Ukraine, the removal of military hardware and troops from the Ukrainian territory, the restoration by Ukraine of control over the Ukrainian-Russian border and the release of Ukrainian citizens illegally held captive by Russia.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the European Union on June 22 extended economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2016.
In particular, the sanctions relate to access to European financial markets for some Russian banks and companies, trade in arms and dual-use goods, and exports of certain technologies related to the energy sector.