Bezsmertny: Reforms should be of utmost importance for Ukraine
10:24, 23 June 2016

Bezsmertny: Reforms should be of utmost importance for Ukraine

Sanctions are merely supporting measure, says Ukraine’s former representative in Minsk negotiation group

10:24, 23 June 2016

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Ukrainian diplomat Roman Bezsmertny gave interview to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

‘One has to expect the best, but to get prepare for the worst. I’d day sanctions are that kind of assistance that the EU society and the rest of the world provide to Ukraine right now. Tehre are ongoing discussions what’s more important – the sanctions or the reforms in Ukraine. The answer would be the following: reforms in Ukraine are primary; sanctions merely protect reforms from external threats. That’s why sanctions are a supporting measure in Ukraine’s advance’, Bezsmertny said.

‘They are simply not enough to answer questions about the future of Donbas and Crimea in Ukraine. The war with Russia may lead to temporary loss of territories, but absence of changes and reforms may lead to fall of the statehood,’ the diplomat said.

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