Ukrainian President proposes to develop sanctions package to stop Russia’s invasion


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a list of sanctions on Saturday to stop a potential invasion of Russia.

“Develop an effective package of preventative sanctions to thwart attacks. Guarantee Ukraine’s energy security and ensure integration into the EU’s energy market when Nord Stream 2 is used as a weapon. I will do it. ” speech At the 58th Munich Security Council.

He said CNN He disagreed with the idea that sanctions should only be listed after the aggression.

“After the bombardment, after the borders are gone, or after the economy is gone, after our country is fired, we don’t need your sanctions … why we need those sanctions “Is it?” He said.

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Boris Johnson (R) met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Munich Security Conference on February 19, 2022 in Germany. (Matt Danham / PA)

Tensions on the Russian-Ukraine border have increased in recent weeks after Russia has moved more than 100,000 troops and heavy weapons to the immediate vicinity of Ukraine.

The United States and other Ukrainian allies have vowed to sanction Russia if Russia invades Ukraine.

Foreign Minister G7 reaffirmed on Saturday that Russia will face economic and financial sanctions.

“We are ready to seek diplomatic solutions to address legitimate security concerns, but Russia will impose a wide range of sectors and individuals in further military aggression against Ukraine. There is no doubt that it will have massive consequences, including financial and economic sanctions on the target. Serious and unprecedented costs to the Russian economy. In such cases, we will take coordinated restrictions. ” I am.

Zelensky also expressed dissatisfaction with Ukraine’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

“We are told: the door is open, but only the access allowed so far. If all members of the alliance do not want to see us, or all members of the alliance are us. If you don’t want to meet, be honest. Open doors are good, but you need open answers, not open questions for years, “he said.

Amid tensions at the Ukrainian-Russian border, it has become the main Ukrainian controversy for accession to NATO.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the time signed a constitutional amendment in February 2019 after Parliament passed the bill, promising to become a member of NATO and the European Union.

Zelensky recently reaffirmed that joining NATO is still his country’s goal.

After meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Kiev, he told reporters, “There is no signal that NATO membership is not our goal.”

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On February 6, 2022, a US Air Force transport plane carrying military equipment and troops landed at Rzeszow Jasionka Airport in southeastern Poland. The movement of tens of thousands of Russian troops has increased tensions between the NATO military alliance and Russia. Not only a heavy weapon to the Ukrainian border. (Via Janek Skarzynski / AFP, Getty Images)

On the Russian side, the Kremlin refused to ease tensions with Ukraine and said the United States and NATO were unable to address Moscow’s basic security concerns: NATO stopped its eastern expansion, The strike weapon was acquired by the Russian national media TASS, which is not deployed near the Russian border.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergeń≠ Viklov told Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the phone that “these issues are central to the evaluation of documents received from the United States and NATO and will be notified to colleagues.” rice field. Saturday.

Washington and NATO have an open mind about Ukraine joining NATO.

“From our point of view, it can’t be clarified any further. NATO’s doors remain open and that’s our commitment,” Blinken said in late January, Russia and NATO, Includes missile reductions in Europe.

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Allen Zhong is a longtime writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is American politics.

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