Poroshenko says Ukrainian blood to "cost nothing" if anti-Russian sanctions lifted
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said during his speech at a “Ukraine’s Battle for Freedom Continues” forum in Washington on Wednesday that if the West lifts the sanctions against Russia, Ukrainian blood will cost nothing and killing Ukrainians will go without punishment, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
“If the West lifts sanctions, the Kremlin’s wish will come true: Ukrainian blood will cost nothing. Killing Ukrainians will go without punishment,” said Poroshenko.
Can anyone in the West accept this? I hope not. Sanctions are the only ‘line in the sand’ that the West drew after 2014. It is the only line between good and evil drawn in the context of this war,” the president said.
“And if there is no line anymore – then what’s the difference between good and evil? Do we really want a world devoid of political boundaries? Do we want a world where one can grab other nation’s land, kill thousands – and stay unpunished? Therefore, without sustainable peace in Donbas – sanctions must stay in place,” said the Ukrainian president.
Read alsoRussia heavily militarizes Crimea, seeks to deploy nuclear weapons - PoroshenkoPoroshenko added that “if the perpetrator keeps killing and stirring instability – it does not mean the sanctions do not work and must be lifted.”
“Without restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea – sanctions must stay in place. Without a new Russian attitude – sanctions must stay in place. Anything less would be a compromise at the cost of values and justice,” he said.
“The right signal is that if you pursue an aggressive policy, no one will deal with you,” Poroshenko said.
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